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Despite another disappointing defeat at Olympiakos on Wednesday night, there was one positive to come out of the visit to Greece in the UEFA Champions League for Arsenal fans, and that is the return to action of Tomas Rosicky.
After featuring for 10 minutes in Arsenal's shock defeat at the hands of Swansea City at the weekend, the 32-year old Czech international was handed a start against Olympiakos as Arsene Wenger looked to rotate his squad in an attempt to keep key-players fresh for what is now turning into a massive game against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Rosicky scored in the 38th minute, latching on to a cut-back from Gervinho, a rare pass the Ivorian international got right on the night, to set Arsenal on their way. However, was surprisingly replaced at half-time by Andrei Arshavin, giving fans reason to worry if the injury prone Czech skipper had picked up a knock.
Arsene Wenger though clarified the matter in his post match press conference, sharing, "He (Rosicky) has not played for six months and we were cautious with him. We decided before the game to play for 45 minutes and see how he got on. Heâ€™s a bit tight, muscular, but no injury. Weâ€™ll see how we recovers now for Saturday."
Arsenal fans will be hoping that Rosicky will manage to stay fit with the busy holiday season coming up and the obvious lack of depth in the Gunners' squad. The veteran midfielder proved to be crucial to Arsenal's turnaround in the run in last season, and if he can keep popping up with goals to go with some strong performances, it will be an added bonus.
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