by Lewis Ambrose

Tomas Rosicky is a bit of a cult figure at Arsenal, but at the age of 34 first-team opportunities are only going to become more limited.

The midfielder already seemed to be frustrated last season as he started just five Premier League games, but the club took up an option to extend the midfielder’s contract one more year. He’ll be 35 in October and it’s hard to see him playing very often.

As a result the major shareholder of his first ever club, Sparta Prague, is still hoping to bring Rosicky ‘home’ at some point.

The man in question, Daniel Kretinsky, has told local media there’s still a space for Rosicky at the club.

“I’d love him to come and for it to happen soon, but I don’t want to put uncomfortable pressure on Tomas. It’s up to him, I understand that leaving Arsenal isn’t easy,” Kretinsky said.

The Arsenal midfielder may well be frustrated but at least he has a new friend at the club in the form of national teammate and former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech.

Rosicky’s contract extension makes it very unlikely that he’ll leave the club this summer, and he’s clearly someone that Wenger values having around. It’s just a shame that we were robbed of nearly two years of Tomas’ career. Injuries could afford him with more opportunities next season but it is unlikely, that he’ll get any extended run in the team.

He should, however, get a testimonial. Hurrah!

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