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Arsenal star set for stay after Wenger talks

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Tomas Rosicky has confirmed he will stay with Arsenal during the summer transfer window following positive post-season talks with the club's manager Arsene Wenger.

The 32-year-old Czech Republic international has reportedly been identified as a transfer target for Sparta Prague, leading suggestions he could end his seven-year association with the Gunners.

Rosicky moved to seek assurances at the end of the last campaign, during which Arsenal finished fourth, that he remains part of the club's plans, and is content with his position following a meeting with Wenger.

The Arsenal midfielder has now outlined his intention to remain at the Emirates Stadium and says any potential transfer to Sparta is something for the future and not the present.

"At the end of the season I spoke with the coach and he said he wants me to stay at Arsenal," Rosicky told iDNEZ.cz.

"Of course you never know what can happen, but I should stay. Will I return to Sparta [Prague]? Not yet."

Rosicky missed the first four months of last season through injury but returned in December to play a prominent role in securing a place in the Champions League for next term by virtue of a top four finish.

And Rosicky believes the club's form in 2013 gives them reason to be positive ahead of next season, as Arsenal look to end a drought of silverware that has lasted since their FA Cup final triumph in 2005.

"Given how badly we started, we have to be satisfied [with a place in the top four]," he added.

"We chased it until the last minute. Naturally, we wanted to be much higher but at least we made it to fourth place.

"The table doesn’t lie. When it turns out that way, it’s fair. We’re a club that every summer sees one or two players come in, but we still find ourselves needing to replace someone and it’s always difficult.

"It looks like no one will leave [this summer] and in turn we could have reinforcements. We’d all benefit from that."

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