By Nick Teale
Tomas Rosicky is not playing at anywhere near his best level.
That's the opinion of the Czech midfielder himself, who believes he still has a lot to do before he is playing to his full capabilities.
"I am not anywhere near my best, and still have plenty of room to improve. I will get better," insisted Rosicky after making his first competitive start for 20 months in the 3-2 win at Standard Liege.
"It is difficult when you are out for such a long time. But when you play, you just have to forget that. I am just enjoying being back. I am fit and itching to play football again."
The 28-year-old returned to the first-team fold last weekend when he scored after coming on as a substitute at Manchester City. Rosicky suffered no ill-effects and lined up against the Belgian champions on Wednesday night.

Afterwards he praised Arsenal's strength of character after bouncing back from a two-goal deficit to beat Standard.
"We started very badly and looked very shaky. It is not easy when players run behind the ball as Liege did. But you have to believe in the style you are playing. If you do not believe, you cannot turn a game like this.
"We know that inside we are strong enough to turn games, and that is what we proved in Liege.
"We knew that after the two defeats in Manchester we needed a result. The performance in Liege will help with the confidence. It is really satisfying when you can turn a match around like this."

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17 Sep 2009