Tomas Rosicky believes he has finally found the position he is best suited to in the Arsenal team, and has attributed his recent run of fine form to his more advanced role.
The Czech midfielder has been one of the most consistent performers since Arsenal's mid season revival and, should they qualify for next season's Champions League, Rosicky will have played a vital hand.
His performances since the early part of the year have been enough to earn the 31-year-old a contract extension, and he has committed himself to another two years at the Emirates Stadium.
Rosicky has enjoyed an affirmation of sorts as an Arsenal player in recent months and has, at times, played with a verve and freedom often unheralded after a Gunners career blighted by injury.
This, Rosicky says, is partly down to being employed as the most attacking member of Arsene Wenger's central midfielders, and the former Borussia Dortmund man believes he is thriving further up the field.
“I’m in the advanced position of the three, looking to get in between the opposition’s midfield and defence,” Rosicky told the Official Arsenal Magazine.
“When we have the ball I’m starting quite close to Robin up front, and after that I can come a bit deeper and stretch the pitch out.
“I can’t say for sure whether this has made the whole difference, but I would certainly agree that what the boss is asking [of me] at the moment suits me nicely.
“The whole season has gone quite well for me, but I was injured twice in the first few months so couldn’t keep up sustained form. I’m enjoying the rhythm the manager has given me now.”