Arsenal suffered a horrendous home defeat against Aston Villa at the weekend, which only served to highlight the lack of quality in the squad.
Injury to Mikel Arteta was a cruel blow to Arsene Wenger, who hasn't improved his squad after securing Champions League in the last game of previous season.
Much was expected from Arsenal this summer, but their failure to improve the squad has cost them three points already. Their defence was vulnerable to speed and trickery, while the midfield lacked the usual fluid passing in Arteta's absence.
But, indirectly, Arteta's absence has resulted in the lone bright spot for Arsenal. With Arteta in the starting line-up, Wenger may not have given Tomas Rosicky another go. Coupled with the lack of fitness to Santi Cazorla, Wenger opted for a midfield trio of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Rosicky against Villa.
Arsenal failed miserably to deal with their opponents and succumbed to a 1-3 defeat at home, that too after 12 years of unbeaten success on opening day.
Even when almost all chips were down for the Gunners, Rosicky's performance will provide fresh hope for the north London club. He was inspiring to say the least and went close to making goals on several occasions after the opener.
Rosicky played a key role in releasing Alex Oxlade Chamberlian for Olivier Giroud's opener. As the game progressed the Czech star stamped his authority on the game with a marvellous display. His clever runs always found a way to Villa penalty box, which showed his dazzling footwork and link-up play which was too hot to handle for the Villains.
Even amidst calamitous defending and a horrible performance from the rest of the Gunners, Rosicky's performance should give hope for Arsenal fans. The way the 32-year-old dictated the tempo of the game points a finger towards the resurgence of the Czech international.
Can he consistently put up similar performances to stake his claim for a regular spot in the Gunners starting line-up? Can he lead them to yet another Champions League spot?
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