By Chris Harris
The Czech midfielder accepts that Arsenal have been more profligate than predatory this season, dominating teams home and away without killing them off. But it was a very different story at Anfield.
Arsène Wenger's side carved out fewer opportunities than usual but two stunning finishes from Rosicky himself and another from Thierry Henry ensured that those problems in the Premiership were not echoed in the FA Cup. Rosicky is hoping for more of the same as Arsenal chase silverware at home and abroad in the final months of the campaign.
"In almost every game we have created so many chances and not taken them," said the Czech midfielder. "Compare that to the game on Saturday when we were very productive.
"For example I don't feel I played a good game even though I scored twice! I wasn't on the ball as much as I usually am so hopefully I can improve.
"I believe in this squad, this is a very good team but we have to be smarter. We have to avoid mistakes and take our chances. Hopefully we will be at our best now.
"It's a big boost to have Thierry back. He is fit now and maybe he was a bit tired before but the rest has done him some good and he scored again on Saturday. He is the best player I have played alongside, he is very quick and in this quickness he has very good techique."
Rosicky was struck by the 'blood and thunder' nature of
the FA Cup after making his debut in the competition. He still
harbours hopes of Champions League glory but is equally excited by
the prospect of playing in the first FA Cup Final at the new
"This Cup has such a history," said Rosicky "and it can be just as difficult as the Champions League. It doesn't matter if you have PSV in the Champions League or Liverpool in the FA Cup, they are both hard games.
"Wembley is a big incentive for me because I have never played in the stadium. I remember seeing a couple of games from the European Championships in England [in 1996] when they played at Wembley. It is just a huge stadium and it would be great if we could get to the Final.
"We have shown already that we are capable of beating big teams. We have beaten Liverpool twice, we won at Manchester United and we almost won at Chelsea. We are losing points against the smaller teams and we have to solve that problem."
If Rosicky and company can keep the ruthless streak they found at Anfield on Saturday, they should be fine.
8 Jan 2007