Fan favourite, Tomas Rosicky, is set to stay on at Arsenal for another year having just extended his current contract with the club until summer 2016.
At 34 years of age, this is something we rarely see from Arsene Wenger who often neglects to keep players on too long after 30, demonstrating the quality and energy that Rosicky still has to give on the pitch; traits we have always admired.
Yet speculation was rife over his future earlier on in the season, with it looking very doubtful this one-year extension would happen prior to now.
Speaking back in March, Tomas said: “Since the start of the year things have improved, the team has started to play better football and what’s more I’m playing. Compared to the first six months, it’s much better.
“I don’t really know [why I didn’t play]. It’s a good question, I would also like to know.
“We had talked about [me leaving in January] in previous meetings back in September and October, but then the market closed and I couldn’t do anything.
“When you don’t play a single game in December and the market opens, [the prospect of leaving] is obviously on the agenda. Then you start to have second thoughts.”
Following the January transfer period though, Rosicky started to rack up more game time again proving his worth as a valuable member of the squad as Arsenal went on an incredible run of form (bar the Monaco game).
This season the Czech Midfielder has started 7 games and come off the bench on 15 occasions, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist. He has proved time and time again he is a valuable asset to the squad. A player of huge talent who is willing to sacrifice himself for the team, and accepts a lack of game time despite his clear capability to play more.
However, with the team looking “jaded” as Monsieur Wenger has claimed, Rosicky could still have a pivotal role to play off the bench in the FA Cup Final.