When Arsenal completed the signing of midfielder Tomas Rosicky back in 2006 from German club Borussia Dortmund, Arsene Wenger felt he had just replaced legendary midfielder Robert Pires, after he left the same year to join Spanish club Villarreal.
However, the Czech Republic captain never really managed to fully replace Pires as he struggled to fill in the void left by the Frenchman in his first season at the club.
But the 33 year old appears to be getting better with every season he plays and has been a real unsung hero for the north London side in recent years.
He has so far made 20 appearances this season with Arsenal currently top of the league.
A regular starting place has also been added to his game as manager Arsene Wenger see's his number seven as a big player for his team.
This season, another playmaker, arguably the best in Europe, was added to the squad but Rosicky has adapted well to playing with Mesut Ozil, with the pair both having fine seasons.
Ozil is no doubt a world class player, as proved from his time at Real Madrid, but he has not played to his full ability in the big games for Arsenal this season against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Rosicky, however, has been brilliant in these games, creating chances for his teammates on a regular basis.
Both of them deserve starting places within the team in their favoured number 10 role behind the striker but of course only one of them can have it.
German star Ozil has been brilliant in the smaller games proving his worth to the team but in the bigger games, Rosicky has certainly been the better of the two.
Both can operate out wide but are both more comfortable in the centre of attacking midfield.
Ozil is likely to only get better considering this year has been his first in English football but Rosicky could depart at the end of the season as his contract with the Gunners is running out.
Considering he turns 34 next season, you may forgive Wenger for letting him go, but he could find himself ruing that decision when his usual star players don't produce in the big games.
With Rosicky having another fine season, and Ozil not producing in the games that matter the most, Arsenal would surely be mad to let Tomas Rosicky go, wouldn't they?
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