Tomas Rosicky hopes his 'collector's item' against Leyton Orient can get him back on the goals trail in the closing weeks of the season.
The Czech midfielder stooped to head home Nicklas Bendtner's deft cross at the Matchroom Stadium last weekend - just days after netting for his country. The goal at Orient was Rosicky's first for Arsenal since January 2010 and the nature of the strike surprised even him.
“It’s true, we don’t see too many of those!” he told the Official Matchday Programme. “It was a good cross from Nicklas and I just had to aim the ball towards the far corner across the goalkeeper.
"Fortunately it worked out and it’s a relief to score. It’s true when people say that it can do big things for your confidence, so I just hope I can carry on now. Scoring for the Czech Republic was important too, so hopefully this is all a bit of a turnaround for me.”
Rosicky stayed on the bench throughout Wednesday's 1-0 win over Stoke City but, having put a bout of illness behind him, the 30-year-old is hoping for his chance to contribute as Arsenal chase silverware on four fronts.
“We all have to be patient," he said. "Everyone wants to play, of course, but that’s why this team is so successful in all competitions - because we have a good squad with a lot of decent options for the manager to use.
"We are the only team still in all four competitions and that’s because we have so many good players. Speaking personally, I had a difficult period when I was sick for a while and it always takes time to come back. I’m feeling better again now, and sharper, so I hope to keep performing well and want to make the best contribution I can.”
Whether he makes a contribution in the Carling Cup Final may depend to some degree on the fitness of captain Cesc Fabregas. Either way, Rosicky is in no doubt about the magnitude of Sunday's Wembley showpiece with Birmingham.
“It’ll be important for the whole team,” he said. “Remember, there are a lot of young guys here that haven’t won a major trophy before so it could
be a very big boost for everyone - I think that beating Birmingham could lead to more success, it’d be a huge step for the future.
"Once you’ve tasted how great it is to win something it makes you even hungrier for more, so it’s a vital game for us on Sunday.”
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