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Arsene Wenger could well be regretting his decision to give veteran Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky a new contract earlier this year with the oft injured midfielder set to return to a room he knows all to well at the Emirates, the Physios!
Rosicky could miss up to two months of the new Premier League season, with the Czech midfielder needing surgery on his injured Achilles tendon.
The 31-year old player revived his floundering career at the Emirates with some brilliant displays last term, and ended up with his highest season appearance tally of his career to help the Gunners end in third place in the Premier League.
The grueling League campaign was followed by Rosicky's exertions in the European Championships, where the veteran midfielder suffered a swelling around his Achilles that now requires an operation.
Rosicky's agent Pavel Paska informed Sport on Wednesday about the player's progress, saying: "There was some swelling that we needed to get rid of. Tomas has already started physio."
Rosicky's injury will be a huge setback for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who revealed earlier in the week that England international Jack Wilshere could be out of action till October.
With Aaron Ramsey also set to miss the start of the new season due to his commitments with the Great Britain Olympic squad, it is becoming increasingly likely that Arsenal have no one to field in the hole behind the striker in Arsene Wenger's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. It will be interesting to see how the Frenchman copes with the player absences - whether he opts to dip into the transfer market in an attempt to land a playmaker or opts to hold on to Russian veteran Andrey Arshavin till January and finally use him in his most preferred position after banishing him to the left-wing for the better part of his Arsenal career.
A more obvious option could be to ditch the formation and go back to an old-fashioned 4-4-2 with two central strikers, something Arsenal had a lot of success with during Wenger's early years with the Gunners.
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