Arsenal must offer star a new contract and not hang about...

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Tomas Rosicky has been excellent for Arsenal this season but is out of contract this summer. The Gunners would be wise to offer him a new deal as soon as possible.

Tomas Rosicky's composed finish against Tottenham on Saturday may have been his first goal of the season - but it was certainly worth the wait.

The 33-year-old pounced on an error from Danny Rose and surged into the Spurs penalty area, before responding to pressure form Kyle Walker by sending an exquisite chip past Hugo Lloris and into the back of the net.

Such class cannot be bought. And when it is within your grasp, it cannot be let go of - especially for free.

That's the situation currently facing Rosicky and Arsenal, however, with the Czech midfielder out of contract at the end of the season. Nevertheless, Rosicky's performances more than merit a new deal.

Statistically, the 33-year-old's contribution could be questioned, with his solitary FA Cup strike against Tottenham only backed up one Premier League assist this season.

But what Rosicky offers the Gunners goes beyond simple goal tallies, especially when you consider how often he has played.

Twelve times the midfielder has turned out for Arsenal in the league this term, with Rosicky each time giving his all and producing a high standard of play. Whether it is on the left or down the middle, Rosicky's presence gives Arsene Wenger a brilliant alternative to Santi Cazorla or Jack Wilshere.

With the Gunners challenging on three fronts going into the business end of the season, the 33-year-old is every bit as crucial to Wenger's side as any of their other midfielders, offering a wealth of experience.

The big question, of course, is whether Rosicky can continually produce this level of football and that is perhaps where the Arsenal board may have reservations.

If the midfielder can produce now, however, what would be any different when he turns 34 - or even 35?

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are perfect examples of midfielders who have consistently produced high-quality displays, regardless of their age. The latter, in particular, serves as a good example of someone who may not decide games week in week out but whose contribution to the squad is still invaluable.

Rosicky, as he showed against Tottenham on Saturday, still has the qualities to succeed at the top level. Arsenal should act fast, then, and extend his Emirates stay by at least another year.

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