Arsenal outcast demands more game-time
Tomas Rosicky disappointed with lack of first-team opportunities at Arsenal
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he wants to play more and is determined to help the Gunners achieve a top-four finish, to guarantee them Champions League football next season.
The Czech international became a crucial figure at Arsenal in the last few months of last season and his top-notch performances saw Arsenal over-take rivals, Tottenham and finish third in the league.
However, another injury setback suffered at the European Championships in the summer has restricted the midfielder to just nine appearances so far this season.
Rosicky's Arsenal career has been hampered with injury problems and an ankle injury picked up in the summer has cost him another several months of his career.
The 32-year-old has fell behind several players at Arsenal and is eager to get more first-team action.
Despite not starting a single Premier League game so far this season, Rosicky accepts the manager's team choices and has revealed that when called upon, he is ready to help the side catch Tottenham and Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.
Rosicky said: "Naturally, I would like to play more often, that's for sure.
"I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly.
"When the coach picks me, I go along with all the tactical tasks and I think I have nothing to be ashamed of.
"It's the manager's team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance.
"The team has had problems so there's no space or time to complain that someone is not playing. To me, personally, the most important thing is that the club which I love finishes in a position where we can compete in the Champions League.
"Everything else can be sorted out after the season, on a beach for instance.
"I must convince myself so that it doesn't stay on my mind and doesn't frustrate me. That wouldn't help me or the club. Mr Wenger tells me to be patient but, obviously, the manager of such a club is not explaining every single decision to you."
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