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Tomas Rosicky

Tomas's 2013/14 season will be remembered for three outstanding goals that outlined his technical prowess and ability to influence the big games. The Czech international also experienced his most successful season at the club in terms of appearances, featuring 39 times in all competitions.

The midfielder's first goal of the season came in the FA Cup third-round tie against Tottenham. After dispossessing Danny Rose on the halfway line he raced through on goal before sending a deft chip over Hugo Lloris. Rosicky also caught the eye when he rounded off a fine team move with a cool finish against Sunderland - but his best goal was in another north London derby, this time at White Hart Lane when he found the top corner with a stunning first-time strike.

Tomas Rosicky Profile

Born October 04, 1980
Prague, Czech Republic
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Previous Club(s) Borussia Dortmund, Sparta Prague, CKD Kompresory
Arsenal Debut August 09, 2006

Known as one of Europe’s most gifted and exciting attacking midfielders for more than a decade, Tomas joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006, having won the Bundesliga and been a Uefa Cup finalist after arriving from Sparta Prague. He won two titles in the Czech Republic and was twice named Czech Player of the Year (in 2002 and 2006).

He captained his national side at Euro 2012 before suffering an achilles injury.

Tomas Rosicky's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006-2007 22 + 4 3 6 1 3 + 1 2 0 + 1 0 31 + 6 6
2007-2008 15 + 3 6 3 + 2 1 1 0 0 0 19 + 5 7
2009-2010 14 + 11 3 5 + 2 0 0 0 1 0 20 + 13 3
2010-2011 8 + 13 0 5 0 3 + 2 1 3 0 19 + 15 1
2011-2012 19 + 9 1 5 + 3 1 1 + 1 0 0 0 25 + 13 2
2012-2013 7 + 3 2 2 + 1 1 2 0 0 + 1 0 11 + 5 3
2013-2014 17 + 10 2 6 + 2 0 1 + 2 1 1 0 25 + 14 3
2014-2015 0 + 1 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 3 0
Total 102 + 54 17 32 + 11 4 11 + 6 4 5 + 2 0 150 + 74 25

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09
  • 2007/08

August

Tomas was restricted to just two appearances from the bench in August. The Czech international played the final 20 minutes of the 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield before coming on in the dying seconds of the goalless draw at Besiktas. Speaking ahead of the Community Shield, the 33-year-old said: "It was very important that we won the FA Cup, mainly for the younger boys and the English boys. They didn't know the feeling to win a trophy before so that can give you a great lift. These things can make you more hungry when you taste success. It's a great experience and it's very important that it happened."

August

Tomas featured in three of the team's four games in August. The experienced midfielder put in typically industrious performances in the victories at Fenerbache and Fulham.

September

A thigh injury interrupted Tomas' progress in September. The midfielder put in a fine display in the north London derby win against Spurs but picked up his injury during the international break which kept him out of the Gunners' remaining games in September.

October

Tomas started made three starts and two appearances as a substitute in October. The Czech midfielder played his part in the stunning first-half display against Napoli before teeing up Jack Wilshere for his equaliser against West Bromwich Albion. Tomas also started the games against Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea and came on as a substitute in the win over Norwich City.

November

Tomas started three of Arsenal's six games in November and made one appearance as a substitute. The Czech midfielder produced fine displays in the wins over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at the start of the month.

December

Tomas started four games in December and made one appearance from the bench. The midfielder's best performance came in the 1-0 win over Newcastle at the end of the month where his energy helped the Gunners to a vital three points to ensure they ended 2013 at the top of the Premier League. Speaking after the win over West Ham, Tomas said: "I think we really needed this win after our worst spell in the games before. It was important to get back on track, in the first half we had a lot of chances and it was great reaction from the boys after going a goal down."

January

Tomas got his month off to a fantastic start with a solo goal to clinch victory over Tottenham. The Czech midfielder dispossessed Danny Rose on the halfway line and drove towards goal before lifting a deft finish over Hugo Lloris. Unfortunately, Tomas suffered a nose injury after coming on as a substitute during the win against Aston Villa which kept him out of action for the rest of January. "Collectively and tactically we were disciplined," he said after the Tottenham game. "In these type of games it is important not to make a mistake and we always have the quality to score goals. "I think there are still things where we can improve a bit tactically but obviously we won such an important game for us and the fans so it was great."

February

Tomas featured five times in February and scored his first Premier League goal of the season, rounding off a sublime move in the game against Sunderland. Speaking after that game, Arsene Wenger said: "He is a great accelerator of the game, he always makes things happen, not with individual dribbling but with individual acceleration and his passing. "I think when he arrived here he was less of a tactical player and more the 'Mozart' from Prague - he was purely a creative, offensive player. Today he is a real organiser on the pitch, I like to have him in the team because he gives a real structure to our team."

March

Tomas capped another impressive month by signing a new contract with the club. It was a memorable month for the experienced midfielder after his stunning strike at White Hart Lane won the north London derby for the Gunners. The Czech midfielder drove forward in the second minute of the game before thundering an effort past Hugo Lloris and into the top corner. Speaking after the win at White Hart Lane, Tomas said: "I am not a big goalscorer but I can score big goals, I would like to get on the scoresheet more but for me it's not easy. "The team is more important so even if someone else scored I would be glad as long as we won the game. It means a lot because it is a derby and everyone knows how the fans feel about games like that so it is a great win."

April

Tomas started twice and made a late substitute's appearance in April. The Czech played in the 3-0 defeat to Everton but missed out on the FA Cup semi-final with a minor injury. But the midfielder returned to help the team get back to winning ways in the Premier League against West Ham. After reaching the FA Cup final, Tomas said: "It would be a big lift for everyone because you still have a lot of players here who don't know how it feels to win a trophy. "Mainly the guys who are coming through like Jack, Aaron and all these boys. They don't know how success tastes, so it is a massive chance for us to win a trophy this year."

May

Tomas featured in all three of Arsenal's games in May. Along with Jack Wilshere, the Czech came off the bench in extra-time to give Arsenal a much-needed boost in midfield as they came back from 2-0 down to win the FA Cup. "It was a very long wait for me and I'm delighted and the whole team is delighted," he told Arsenal Player. "The whole club needed the trophy so we are glad it's behind us. "It was really [exhausting] even when you are not playing, you are living with the team. I played 15 minutes and I feel like I've played two games in a row. The emotions played quite a big part as well."

August

Tomas continued to recover from a tendon injury. "He is running and should be available soon," said manager Arsene Wenger.

September

Tomas did not feature in September.

October

Tomas missed the whole month because of a tendon injury.

November

Tomas was named on the bench for the trip to Goodison Park at the end of the month, but did not make a return to action.

December

Tomas made his long-awaited return to action in December after recovering from an Achilles injury. The midfielder came on as a substitute against Swansea, before being named man of the match after starting and scoring in the Club’s next game away at Olympiacos. The 32-year-old also came off the bench against West Brom and Bradford.

January

Tomas made his first appearance of the year in the 3-2 win against Brighton and Hove Albion, where he played for 70 minutes. The Czech midfielder was an unused substitute on three other occasions throughout the month.

February

Tomas started against Blackburn Rovers and came on as a late substitute at home to Bayern Munich in February. He was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s other three games during the month. His performance in the Blackburn game saw him named man of the match.

March

Tomas’ half-hour cameo against Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the month saw him named man of the match. The midfielder played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s win at Allianz Arena, before impressing in the 4-1 triumph against Reading at the Emirates. "The game in Munich could be the equivalent of last season's Tottenham game - the stepping stone or turning point,” the midfielder told the official matchday programme. “Three days later, at Swansea, we put in another very good performance.”

April

Tomas was Arsenal’s matchwinner at West Bromwich Albion, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win. That impressive performance earned the Czech international the man-of-the-match award. Tomas went on to miss the Club’s next two games through injury but returned to the side for the Fulham game and set up Theo Walcott’s goal against Manchester United a week later. "He's a popular guy around the Club, he's been here for a long time, he knows everyone and we all get on with him because he is really relaxed,” said Thomas Vermaelen. “On the pitch he is reliable, always available to receive the ball and his technique is almost perfect."

May

Tomas started each of the final three games of the season, with the Czech midfielder's drive and energy crucial in Arsenal's transition from defence to attack.

August

Tomas started in the Gunners' Premier League matches against both Newcastle and Manchester United, but the crowning moment of his month was an excellent showing as a second-half substitute in the Champions League qualifier second leg against Udinese.

October

Tomas started in the team's victories over Sunderland and Marseille, before coming on as a late substitute to help the Gunners seal their incredible 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

November

A thigh strain limited Tomas to just two Arsenal appearances, both as a substitute in matches against Marseille and West Brom. The Cezch international helped his country to Euro 2012 qualification in a two-legged win over Montenegro.

December

Tomas made one Premier League start during the month - the 1-1 draw with Wolves. He was a regular from the substitutes’ bench, helping to make an impact in the team's dramatic late win at Aston Villa.

September

Tomas featured twice for the Gunners, coming on as a late substitute in the 3-0 victory over Bolton before starting in the Champions League win over Olympiacos at the end of the month.

January

Tomas impressed in his two starts, earning plaudits in the team's fourth-round FA Cup victory over Aston Villa as well as in the defeat to Manchester United at Emirates Stadium. The Czech international also made substitute appearances against Fulham and Swansea.

February

Tomas enjoyed a superb month, profiting from a prolonged run in the first team. He impressed in the Premier League victories over Blackburn and Sunderland, before grabbing a goal in his man-of-the-match display against Tottenham in the 5-2 North London derby victory at Emirates Stadium. "We have to stick together and for the rest of the season and fight for fourth place,” he said. “We are there right now so we want to keep that position. Togetherness is very important; we can't be influenced by the outside. We have the quality to [finish fourth], there's no doubt about it."

March

Tomas enjoyed his best month of his season so far, starting in every one of Arsenal's matches and signing a new contract with the Club. The Czech international scored the second goal in the 3-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League and continued to hold down a regular starting berth as the month wore on. “I am very happy,” he said. “I wanted to continue here and I am enjoying it very much so I am glad that I am staying. I am trying my best and enjoying the run of games that I am playing. Sometimes in the past it has been difficult when you play once in two weeks, sometimes it is not easy. You can see now that I have the rhythm of the games and that is what I needed. As you can see I think I am contributing well and I want to continue like that."

April

Tomas built on an award-winning March with another influential month in Arsenal's midfield, starting in all but one of the team's Premier League matches. The highlight of the month came in the form of a brilliant assist for Robin van Persie's goal against Stoke to cap a man-of-the-match display. “You know, my normal age is 31 but in football years I’m 29 - I lost two years because of injury so let’s just talk about my football age," said the midfielder. “I still believe I have plenty in me - we’ll see how it all goes, but right now I feel great and want to continue this way.”

May

Tomas continued to play a vital role in the heart of midfield and started both of the team's final two matches of the season.

August

Tomas played a part in all of Arsenal’s games in the month of August, helping the Gunners remain unbeaten after their opening three games. He was used as a substitute in the opening game at Anfield, but then played the full 90 minutes of the win against Blackpool. He then replaced Cesc Fabregas in the 68th minute against Blackburn. Tomas also played 61 minutes in Czech Republic’s 4-1 friendly win over Latvia. The midfielder stressed his desire to win trophies at Arsenal when he told Arsenal.com: "Every year we want to be successful. We are in a big club, so we want to be champions.”

September

Tomas enjoyed his longest spell in the first team for a number of months during September as he made three starts and two substitute appearances. Tomas captained the team in the Carling Cup triumph over Tottenham and the Champions League game against Partizan Belgrade. The Czech midfielder also missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland after he came on for the injured Cesc Fabregas. Tomas praised teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere after the win over Tottenham. “He is great talent. For his age he has a great brain and he has a great future. When he has got the ball he is very calm, that’s something that sometimes younger guys don’t have – they panic a little bit or something.” Tomas played in Czech Republic’s Euro 2012 Qualifying defeat game against Lithuania.

October

Tomas was introduced as a 70th-minute substitute in games against both Chelsea and Birmingham before starting against Shakhtar in the 5-1 Champions League win at Emirates Stadium. He set up the fourth goal for Jack Wilshere at the end of a flowing Arsenal move. He was a 69th-minute substitute at Eastlands before captaining the side for the Carling Cup win over Newcastle on October 27.

November

Tomas was a consistent performer during the month of November as he continued to re-establish himself as a first-team regular. The midfielder captained the side against Shakhtar Donetsk and Aston Villa in the absence of Cesc Fabregas and played important roles in away wins over Wolves, Everton and at Villa Park.

December

Tomas captained the side three times during the month of December. In the absence of Cesc Fabregas, he slotted in just behind the lone striker in games against Fulham, Manchester United and Wigan. He came on as a late substitute in the 3-1 win over Chelsea as Arsene Wenger looked to kill the game.

January

Tomas made just two appearances in January due to an illness. His only start came against Leeds in the FA Cup on January 8.

February

Tomas scored his first Arsenal goal since January 2010 when he headed his side ahead at Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. The Czech midfielder started the Carling Cup Final against Birmingham and went close to giving Arsenal the lead with a low half-volley that went just wide.

March

Tomas featured in four of Arsenal’s five games throughout March, making two starts - against Leyton Orient and Barcelona.

April

Tomas made just one unused substitute appearance during April, sitting on the bench against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

May

Tomas made one appearance in May, playing 79 minutes of the 3-1 defeat at Stoke.

August

Tomas Rosicky missed out on the start of the season with a hamstring problem. However, the Czech midfielder featured in both games as Arsenal won the Emirates Cup at the start of the month.

September

Tomas marked his return from injury by scoring Arsenal's second in the 4-2 defeat at Manchester City. He also played the short pass for Robin van Persie to slot home the Gunners' equaliser in the same match. The Czech midfielder started both Champions League games in September and came on as a substitute in the Premier League encounters against Wigan and Fulham.

October

A knee injury kept Tomas out of the games against West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham but he did feature in the home wins over Blackburn and Birmingham, assisting Abou Diaby to score the Gunners second against City.

November

Tomas played in all five of Arsenal's November fixtures and manager Arsène Wenger hinted that a new deal could be close for the Czech midfielder. "We are talking at the moment and I am optimistic of finding a solution," said the manager. After Arsenal's defeat to Chelsea, Tomas told his team-mates not to give up in the title race. "We have to keep going, and try our best because there is still a long way to the end of the season," he said.

December

Tomas started Arsenal's first two games of the month but didn’t feature again until the Portsmouth game on December 30 due to a groin injury. Arsène Wenger promised the midfielder a new contract, a move the manager says shows his faith in the Czech. "I look first for the quality of the player, at his attitude and his leadership," he said. "The injuries can happen to anybody. He is not responsible for what happened to him. I want to extend his contract so that shows you how patient I am. I think he can return to his previous level."

January

Tomas scored twice in the five Arsenal games he featured in during January. He bagged a stoppage-time equaliser at home to Everton and his 44th-minute goal against Bolton kick-started Arsenal's comeback from two goals down to beat the Trotters 4-2 at Emirates Stadium. Speaking after the game he told Arsenal TV Online the comeback showed that the team has the mental strength required to "achieve something big" this season. "It shows that this team is very strong and we have mental strength and that is great," he said. "If we can turn games like this it shows that this team can achieve something big."

February

Tomas featured in all five of Arsenal's fixtures this month, including a start in the defeat to Porto. The midfielder also attended a Members' Q&A event at Emirates Stadium and collected Arsenal.com's January Goal of the Month award for his strike against Bolton.

March

Tomas started three times for Arsenal in March, helping the Gunners to victories over Burnley and Porto. He also started the 1-1 draw at Birmingham City. He missed the win over Hull City with a mild groin strain.

April

Tomas started all five Arsenal fixtures in April. However, he almost missed out on the trip to Barcelona after a challenge by Karl Henry in the Premier League clash with Wolves.

May

Tomas' ankle injury meant he missed the games against Blackburn Rovers and Fulham which concluded Arsenal's season.

August

Tomas spent the month stepping up his recovery from injury. on August 6, Arsene Wenger said: “The situation is positive. We believe Tomas could be available in September”.

October

Tomas continued his injury rehabilitation from injury throughout October although his manager revealed that it could be 2009 until Arsenal fans get to see the Czech midfielder in action again. “He should be back after Christmas,” said Wenger.

November

Tomas continued his comeback from injury throughout November. His return is scheduled for the new year.

December

More rehabilitation work for Tomas throughout December but Arsène Wenger did reveal there could be light at the end of the tunnel for the Czech winger. "He's doing rehab at the moment,” said Wenger. “He's back here on December 17 and then hopefully we can start to work with him. But it's a long-term prospect - maybe March at the earliest.”

January

At last there appears to be a real end in sight for Tomas’ injury woes. It is now over a year since the Czech midfielder last appeared for Arsenal but on January 30th, Arsène Wenger announced some good news about his comeback. “This week it was a year [since he played], but the news is very positive, very encouraging. For the first time this week with Tony Colbert he has done some intense runs,” the manager said. “It looks quite good, we had a good answer from his controlled scan yesterday. If all goes well we believe that in eight weeks he can play.”

February

Tomas didn’t manage to return to action in February but it could be weeks rather than months until we see the Czech star strutting his stuff at the Emirates once again. At a press conference on Friday, February 21, Arsène Wenger said: “He is still doing special training but in three weeks he will join in with the first team. He looks very good in training, he looks unbelievably strong.”

March

Tomas has fully recovered from the rare tendon injury that kept him out for over a year but the Czech star suffered a minor set-back in his rehabilitation. During an interview with Arsenal TV Online towards the end of the month Tomas stated that he was “boiling inside” to play again.

April

On April 24, Arsene Wenger revealed that Tomas will not return this season. “Tomas Rosicky’s season is over,” the manager confirmed. “I had a secret hope he would come back but since he had a second setback at the beginning of April. I thought that’s too much.”

May

Tomas took another vital step on his road to recovery during May when he took part in his first full training session since getting injured in January 2008. He spoke to Arsenal.com immediately after the session and said: “I am very happy to be back with the rest of the squad. I was a bit nervous I have to say. When you have been out for so long you don’t know what to expect. I did not know if I would still have the same sense of the game, the same understanding, as I had before. But it was great and I did everything with the team.”

April

As expected, Tomas was ruled out for the remainder of the season, following an injury suffered in January.

February

Injury prevented Tomas from donning the Arsenal shirt throughout February.