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Tomas Rosicky earns himself a new lease of life at Arsenal

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Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has committed his future to Arsenal Football Club today by signing what is believed to be a 1-year contract extension. The 31-year old joined the Gunners from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund just before the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was widely expected to fill the void left by veteran wingers Freddie Ljunberg and Robert Pires. His 6 years at Arsenal have been largely disappointing though as he has made only 156 appearances for the club with injury and form both going against him.

Rosicky, a world class central midfielder for the Czech Republic, failed to adjust to life on the Arsenal wings and his goals to games ratio had plummetted in recent seasons. The departure of his good friend Cesc Fabregas this summer though has allowed the Czech veteran to make 28 appearances this season for the Gunners, with a number of them coming in his preferred role just behind the striker.

Rosicky had gone 49 games without scoring a goal entering last month's crucial North London derby, but played a match winning role in the game, picking out passes in the center of the park and also getting his foot on a Bacary Sagna right wing cross early in the second half to put Arsenal 3-2 ahead. His good recent run of form continued last week against AC Milan, where he once again popped up with a vital goal.

With his contract running out this summer, many were expecting Arsenal to dump Rosicky at the end of the season and look to bolster the club by signing some fresh blood. But his recent performances show that there is still some fight left in the Czech superstar, who has featured 85 times for his national side.

Manager Arsene Wenger has always supported the veteran through thick and thin, and from his comments it appears that there was never any doubt that Arsenal would indeed offer Rosicky a new deal. The Frenchman shared with the club's official website, “I’ve always been a big admirer of Tomas’ abilities and am delighted he’s chosen to commit his future to the Club. I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top class. 

"He plays the style of football we champion here and shares completely our philosophy. He is always ready to work for the sake of the Club, always willing to put the team first. I have huge respect for him.”

Rosicky himself expressed delight at signing a new contract, “It's a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the Club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt. It's felt like home since I arrived six years ago and I couldn't be happier to commit my future to the team. 

"The manager, my team-mates, the staff and the supporters - everyone plays their part in making this a great Club, and I feel privileged to be a part of it. I believe we have a really talented group of players and, together with the manager, the future looks bright. It's always been my goal to win trophies here at Arsenal, and I will fight hard to achieve my dreams here."