Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Tomas Rosicky has agreed a new contract and will definitely stay at the Emirates next season, ending any lingering doubt that the Czech international would walk away this summer for nothing.
Rosicky is out of contract at the end of the season but remains a key component of Arsenal's title challenge, featuring 26 times in all competitions and very much trusted by Wenger to handle the pressure of maintaining possession in big matches.
Wenger has insisted that despite not being able to officially confirm the contract has been signed at this stage a formal agreement is in place, maintaining that Rosicky is absolutely essential to his vision for the team moving forward.
He told The Guardian: "Tomas Rosicky will stay. We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon.
"I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club."
"He is one of the players who plays the game of give-and-move and he is a great accelerator of the game.
"He always makes things happen, not with individual dribbling but with individual acceleration of his passing and his runs."
Gunners fans were given a perfect example of Rosick's quality in last weekend's 4-1 win over Sunderland, with the veteran scoring an exquisite team goal after exchanging passes with Olivier Giroud before chipping home deftly from close range.
Arsenal remain reliant on Rosicky's ability to affect the game in advanced areas despite possessing a variety of options in midfield, a mark of the impact the former Borussia Dortmund star has had at the Emirates since overcoming a succession of injury problems.