Having had a fairly quiet season, Tomas Rosicky seems to have saved his best for the last stretch of the 2012/13 campaign.
He won the game for Arsenal when they travelled to The Hawthorns on Saturday and was nominated man of the match. Rosicky opened the Gunners’ account in the first half when he found the back of the net with a diving header off a clever cross from Gervinho.
After the break, Rosicky scored his second goal with a neat finish after his first attempt was parried by Ben Foster.
It was only Rosicky’s second start in the league this season, but on Saturday he showed why deserves a starting berth.
He told reporters: "It's difficult when you're not playing, you want to be part of the team and the only way you can get into the team is through hard work.
"You have to convince the manager that you're part of the team, that's what I am trying to do and it's what I will continue to do."
The diminutive midfielder was a constant threat to West Brom’s defence and for long spells he was a dominating presence. He also cleared a would-be goal off the line, preserving Arsenal's lead in the process.
The Emirates outfit have picked up 22 from a possible 27 points and they look set to make a late rush for one of the coveted top four spots as they are now only two points behind both Chelsea and Tottenham, with a game in hand over their north London rivals.
They will host Norwich and then Everton before their two competitors play again and Rosicky is confident of climbing to a Champions League qualifying spot, but insists that winning home games are vital.
"During the last couple of games we have produced some good football," said Rosicky.
"It gives you confidence when you win in Munich and at a place like West Brom when in the last 20 minutes your backs are against the wall.
"But if you are speaking about third or fourth place you have to win your home games. Our form there must improve.
"If you go back and analyse well the game against Tottenham that was not a bad performance. We made two stupid mistakes and we were punished for them. We tried to correct them and you could see the improvement in Munich.
"We are in a position where we just focus on ourselves now. It is tricky to think all the time "Where are Tottenham and Chelsea playing?’ We just concentrate on ourselves and what we are producing.
"We have the experience [of coming from behind] last year. The team knows the situation that could be [to] our advantage. But as well we know we have to be more consistent.
"And if we produce football every week like we did on Saturday then I am confident we will get there."
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