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End of Season Report Tomas Rosicky (Little Mozart)

May 24, 2012
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Tomas Rosicky in Action

  • Name Tomas Rosicky
  • Born October 04, 1980 Prague, Czech Republic
  • Position Midfielder
  • Squad Number 7
  • Previous Club(s) Borussia Dortmund Sparta Prague CKD Kompresory
  • Joined Arsenal May 23, 2006
  • Prem 19 (9 Sub) (1 goal) Europe 5 (3 sub) (1 goal) FA Cup 1 (1 Sub)

2006–07

Arsenal signed a 25-year-old Rosický in May 2006 taking the shirt from Arsenal legend/genius and now departed Robert Pires He made his debut against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. He scored his first goal against Hamburg the Champions League. In January and then scored a brace against Liverpool in the FA Cup and his first Premiership goal against Wigan. He also scored against Bolton and Man City, in all he scored 6 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions in his debut season at Arsenal.

2007–08

TR7 scored against his former club Sparta Prague, after seven minutes with a low drive from inside the box and scored his first goal of the season against Portsmouth also scoring against Bolton and Wigan. He scored again away at Boro which we lost 1-2 and against Everton with a low drive from the edge of the box in a 4–1 victory. Tomas bagged another in the 3-0 away win against Fulham.  A great time was had by all in the 8 bells after the games…

2008-09

Tomas did not feature for Arsenal during the 2008–09 season due to his hamstring tendon injury. He eventually returned to full training in May 2009, after eighteen months of absence.

2009–10

In August 2009, he picked up another injury, this time straining his hamstring. He returned as a substitute against Man City, setting up the first goal and scoring the second in a 2-4 defeat. In January 2010, Rosický signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with Arsenal stating,

“It’s felt like home since I arrived here four years ago and I believe we’re on the verge of achieving something special together.”

Arsene Wenger commented on the new deal with Rosický saying :

“I have spoken many times of Tomas’ class and contribution, not only on the pitch but off it as well, and I very much feel that this new contract reflects that.”

He scored a 93rd minute equalizer in a 2–2 draw against Everton to grab a crucial point. His third goal of the season came against Bolton in a 4–2 victory after Arsenal had gone down 2–0 Rosicky began the comeback by scoring the first Arsenal goal right before half time.

2010–11 season

In the first match of the season, TR7 came on as a sub with Arsenal trailing 0-1 at Anfield, In the 89th minute, his cross was diverted by Chamakh against the post and the  rebound was dropped by Reina into his own net. In August, he made his first start since April 2010 against Blackpool,  playing the full 90 minutes in the 6–0 win.. TR7 scored his first goal of the season in an FA Cup tie away to Orient (my Son’s first away match) with a 53rd minute header, in a 1–1 draw. In February, he started the Carling Cup final against Birmingham and ended up as Captain as their was no Cesc and RVP had gone off injured, Arsenal lost 1-2

By  the end of the season, he  made 34 appearances in total, scoring one goal in all competitions as Arsenal finished fourth in the Premier League.

2011–12 season

TR7 started against both Newcastle and Manchester United, and played a superb game as a second-half substitute in the Champions League qualifier second leg against Udinese. He  featured twice in Sept, coming on as a late sub in the 3-0 victory over Bolton before starting in the against  Olympiacos at the end of the month. He then started in the team’s victories over Sunderland and Marseille in Oct, before coming on as a late sub in a superb 5-3 victory over Chelsea.

TR7  made just two appearances in Jan, both as sub against Marseille and West Brom. in Nov and one in Dec against Wolves though he was a regular form the subs bench. Tomas had two starts, in fourth-round FA Cup victory over Aston Villa and the defeat to Man Utd and also made sub appearances against Fulham and Swansea.

He  enjoyed a good run in the side during Feb, impressing in wins over Blackburn and Sunderland, before grabbing a goal in a man-of-the-match display against  Spuds in the 5-2 thrashing of the mob down the road.

 “We have to stick together and for the rest of the season and fight for fourth place,” he said. “We are there right now so we want to keep that position. Togetherness is very important; we can’t be influenced by the outside. We have the quality to [finish fourth], there’s no doubt about it.”

TR7 started every match in March and signed a new contract with the Club. Tomas scored the second goal in the 3-0 win over AC Milan

“I am very happy,” he said. “I wanted to continue here and I am enjoying it very much so I am glad that I am staying. I am trying my best and enjoying the run of games that I am playing. Sometimes in the past it has been difficult when you play once in two weeks, sometimes it is not easy. You can see now that I have the rhythm of the games and that is what I needed. As you can see I think I am contributing well and I want to continue like that.”

He built on an award-winning March another good month of from month in midfield, starting in all but one match. His highlight of the month was a superb assist for RVP’s goal against Stoke in another man-of-the-match display.

“You know, my normal age is 31 but in football years I’m 29 – I lost two years because of injury so let’s just talk about my football age,” said the midfielder. “I still believe I have plenty in me – we’ll see how it all goes, but right now I feel great and want to continue this way.”

TR7 continued to play well in heart of midfield and started both of the team’s final two matches against Norwich and WBA (my Sons first away match outside London).

I think he can rightly take plaudits for his form from Feb onwards and having a lot to do with Arsenal resurgence in form. He battles way brilliantly in midfield, always looks to go forward, which Arsenal were missing. He  has a great eye for a pass, can shoot well (just needs get it in the net more often) and just never stops running. I like the fact that he is one of the players we have that has the eye for a pass and can open up any defence. TR7  is another  my favorite Arsenal players and could not be more pleased for he new lease of life after some bad runs of injuries. The good thing about Tomas was not only did he bring an urgency to our play and he also have plenty of experience and used that to drive the side forward.

Who could forget that moment just after half time against the Spuds where he gave the ball and kept running into the box and met the return from Sagna’s low cross and a flick see’s the ball past the stranded Friedal Gooooooooooooooooooal!!! 3-2. Wenger said:

“Tomas  was one of our influential players and he does not always get the credit he deserves, so I would like to take this opportunity to give him this credit.”

  • ·         He once sang ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ for a bet
  • ·         He almost signed for Atletico Madrid instead of Arsenal
  • ·         His partner presents the weather on TV
  • ·         He scored against Arsenal at Highbury in 2001
  • ·         He has a brother called Jirka
  • ·         His father was a professional footballer
  • ·         He was dubbed ‘Little Mozart’ and ‘The Dumpling’ earlier in his career
  • ·         If he wasn’t a footballer he would be an ice hockey player
  • ·         His favourite hobby outside of football is playing the guitar
  • ·         He would choose Tom Cruise to play him in a film of his life

Next up Yossi Benayoun

Marks out of 10 – (7)

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@harlowgooner

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