By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger is certain that Tomas Rosicky can still return to his best despite the midfielder's persistent injury problems.
In fact, the Frenchman has so much confidence in the Czech international that he is ready to offer him a new contract.
The Arsenal manager revealed two weeks ago that a new deal is on the table for Rosicky and, ahead of the trip to Liverpool, he explained why he wants to extend the 29-year-old's Emirates Stadium career.
"I look first for the quality of the player, at his attitude and his leadership," said the manager. "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."
Rosicky was substituted at half-time in the 2-0 win over Stoke because of a groin injury but Wenger does not expect him to be out for too long.
"He could be back in 10 days," said the Frenchman. "It's not a bad injury at all. It's a Grade One injury, a muscular groin injury, so that is usually 10 days.
"He has been out for 18 months and to get your body back to go with such violent physical effort you will have little set-backs.
"At the moment he has small set-backs that keep him out for eight to 10 days but once he can regularly play again he will come back to his normal level."