By Chris Harris
Tomas Rosicky can “make the difference” for Arsenal this season, according to Bacary Sagna.
There was good news everywhere you looked at the weekend with Jack Wilshere bewildering defenders, Eduardo showing his pre-injury class and Andrey Arshavin picking up where he left off last season. But perhaps the most heartwarming sight of all was that of Rosicky, back in an Arsenal shirt and back at Emirates Stadium.
The Czech international played the first half against Atletico Madrid on Saturday and then came on for the final 17 minutes against Rangers on Sunday as Arsenal clinched the Emirates Cup. It was rather more than the nine minutes he managed before limping off at the same ground more than 18 months ago.
Sagna has played 89 games for the Club but no more than a handful alongside Rosicky thanks to his team-mate's long lay-off. The Frenchman is delighted to see him back and thinks Rosicky will bring quality and know-how to the Arsenal side this season.
"I'm very, very happy for him," Sagna told Arsenal.com.
"He did well as well and it has been hard for him. He has had a tough time so he deserves his chance to come back.
"I can't imagine how it must have been for him to be out for so long. It shows that he has a strong character and we will need that.
"He will bring some new power and a different style of game. I think Tomas is a very technical player in the middle of the park and I am sure he can make a difference.
"He is one of our experienced players and that will help us as well. We will need Tomas like we will need everyone. With Samir [Nasri] out injured he has the potential to play and I am sure he will do it well."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 3 Aug 2009