Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has heaped the praise upon teammate Tomas Rosicky following an impressive period of form from the Czech Republic international.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website ahead of the visit of Norwich City in the Premier League this weekend, Vermaelen has hailed Rosicky has being technically "almost perfect".

"Tomas has always been a great player for us," said Vermaelen, who himself is expected to return to the Arsenal back four in place of the suspended Per Mertesacker.

"He has been unlucky with injuries this season but his technical qualities are amazing.

"He's a popular guy around the club, he's been here for a long time, he knows everyone and we all get on with him because he is really relaxed.

"On the pitch he is reliable, always available to receive the ball and his technique is almost perfect."

Rosicky scored both goals for The Gunners in their hard fought 2-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns last weekend, and Vermaelen was full of praise for both finishes.

"The first one was not easy, because it looked like a hard cross from Gervinho.

"It was a good move and ball from Gervinho to set it up and a great finish from Tomas.

"I didn't have a good view of his second one, but it looked like a nice volley."

Arsene Wenger will be hoping Rosicky can continue his goalscoring form as the Premier League enters its final stretch, although the midfielder does face a late fitness test ahead of the game against Chris Hughton's side.

Should Rosicky be deemed unfit to start the game, Wenger will once again be able to call upon Jack Wilshere after the 21-year old recovered from an ankle problem.

Alternatively, Santi Cazorla could be shifted back into the centre, with both Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott back in the squad to take a place on the wing if needed.


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