The other day saw the return to training of long time injury victim Tomas Rosicky at The Emirates. It was great news for Arsenal fans as obviously the talented midfielder is the type of player that simply oozes quality. On Tuesday however the Czech midfielder found his way into the spotlight for entirely different reasons. The 32-year-old is reportedly a transfer target for Italian side AS Roma.
The capital club are ready to launch a £5 million bid for the former Borussia Dortmund player who made huge strides in his Arsenal career last season after an injury ravaged 2008-09 season threatened to end his career entirely.
Roma manager Zdenek Zeman is a fellow Czech countryman and is reportedly a huge fan of the national side’s captain and is very keen to add him to his midfield. His agent has rubbished ideas of a move but if he is deemed expendable by Arsenal he may have no choice in order to preserve his chances of first team football.
Arsenal however are surely awaiting the return of a player who played 38 games in all competitions last season and would not be willing to sell.
In my humble opinion an offer of £5 million should be snapped up.
Undoubtedly he is something a little special but his time at Arsenal has been blighted by a series of niggling and occasionally very serious injuries. He has not yet featured for the club this season after picking up an Achilles injury and shows no sign of quitting international football soon in order to potentially prolong his career.
Roma are not a Premier League side so Wenger would not have the fear of the midfielder coming back to haunt him at The Emirates. Not to mention what must be sizeable wages that would be struck from the weekly bill at the North London club. Letting him go could also smooth the way for Thomas Eisfeld to progress to the first team.
He recovered from a serious injury before and no doubt he will return for Arsenal shortly and perform to the best of his ability but there comes a point when mutual parties just have to go their separate ways.
£5 million does not seem like a lot of money but when you consider his age, fitness concerns, the destination and minimal impact it would have on the Arsenal team which have been coping without him; it is a deal that the club would in my opinion be mad to turn down - even if it does turn out to be more than a tentative link based on the nationality of a coach.
What do you think? At £5 million should Arsenal cash-in on the injury prone midfield maestro?
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