What does the future hold for Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky?

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Having featured just once for Arsenal since last May, Tomas Rosicky's future at the club would seem to be in doubt.

The energetic attacking midfielder has already missed the majority of this campaign after undergoing knee surgery last summer and will now miss the next three months after suffering a thigh injury against Burnley in the FA Cup.

Here lies the question that must be asked: upon his eventual return to the fold, will he play an important role or languish on the fringes of the squad? Or perhaps even, has he played his last game for the Gunners?


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'Little Mozart' holds a special place in the heart of many Arsenal fans thanks to his high work-ethic and passionate displays, let alone the several goals scored against Tottenham, the best of which a stunning effort at White Hart Lane in 2014.

A technically-gifted playmaker, Rosicky has often been utilised on the wings - his natural tenacity and creativity has seen him become a well-rounded midfielder.

However, many of his critics would argue that for all of his ability, he has lacked the decisiveness or final pass that players such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have provided since their respective arrivals.

Rosicky has often also been criticised for a lack of goals, yet this might be harsh considering he's a self-confessed hard-working midfielder, rather than a goalscoring one.

The Czech's versatility means he is able to play anywhere across the midfield, yet he faces competition for places against Ozil, Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell.

The emergence of the Iwobi could also spell danger for the veteran, as the nephew of former Bolton Wanderers favourite Jay-Jay Okocha has shown excellent technical ability and maturity beyond his years. The Nigerian appears the perfect long-term successor to Rosicky.

But what about the short-term? With the 35-year-old ruled out for the next three months, it would seem the best scenario would see him return for the final games of the season.

And with his contract due to expire, Rosicky might just decide to hang up his boots and retire as an Arsenal fan favourite.

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