Arsenal veteran Tomas Rosicky has confirmed that he will consider his future in the coming months, having failed to make an appearance in the Premier League for the Gunners so far this season.
The Czech international has now called the Emirates Stadium home for around nine years, having signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2006. However now the competition for places in Arsene Wenger’s midfield is tougher than ever, and the new generation, spearheaded by the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are ensuring that Rosicky’s appearances in the first-team remain limited.
The 33-year-old however has refused to be downbeat about his status within Wenger’s squad, and is keen to be of assistance in whatever capacity the team requires.
That being said he has made it clear that he is unhappy with not having played this campaign, revealing that he will assess his situation in the near future. The playmaker only penned a new deal at the club earlier this year, and currently takes home £80,000-a-week.
According to the Daily Express Rosicky has said that his disappointed to have been limited to just 22 minutes of game-time - in the Champions League playoff against Besiktas and the Community Shield victory over Manchester City - and, though no drastic measures are yet being considered, it is playing on his mind somewhat.
“The season is yet to get going, the Champions League will begin and it will be a roller-coaster of fixtures," Rosicky said.
"We will see what the situation looks like in the coming weeks and months, how it develops. I'm naturally disappointed not to have been given a chance but not panicking yet.
"All I can do now is to train properly and show that I'm prepared. And when the chance comes, to take it.”
As it stands currently it may be some time before Rosicky is given the chance he is waiting for, with Wenger having spent lavishly to try and bring his squad up to speed with those of his closest Premier League rivals. The Gunners started last season brightly, and at times looked capable of mounting a credible title challenge, but the lack of quality in depth, plus a series of dismal showing against the big teams, cost them dearly.
Before Monday night’s transfer deadline however Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck were bought in to bolster the attack, whereas Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina arrived to strengthen the defence.
Those names, combined with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud - when fully fit - and Santi Cazorla, as well as the aforementioned midfield trio, make for pleasant reading on the team-sheet each week, and yet Arsenal have been relatively slow out of the traps this term.
A comfortable 3-0 Community Shield victory over City allowed Wenger’s charges to get off to a flying start, though their Premier League form hasn’t been nearly as flattering. An opening day win over Crystal Palace required a last minute strike from Ramsey, and draws with Everton and Leicester City have followed.
As far as Rosicky is concerned the start to the season hasn’t been good enough, and he’s itching to try and change it.
“The lack of match practice has been absolutely terrible and, naturally, it makes me very sorry that I haven't been given a chance yet,” the midfielder said.
"It is difficult mainly because you know that the potential of the team is elsewhere and we haven't done well so far.
"I think I could have helped but, unfortunately, I can't put myself on the pitch."