Tomas Rosicky has spoken openly about his wish to still play regularly and has admitted that he wants to talk to Arsene Wenger about letting him leave this summer, but an interview with the young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has highlighted the reasons why perhaps Wenger should hang on to the veteran midfielder.
“I speak to Tomas Rosicky a lot,” Akpom said on the official Arsenal website. “He is a legend and he is always giving me advice and telling me what to do more of.
“The one thing he always tells me is to always be moving, so you make a movement and if you don’t get the ball you then make another move to ensure you are available.
“He also encourages me to mix my game up: to take a few touches here, then the next time to take one touch and then spin away. He knows what he is talking about, he’s world class so it’s great to learn from these types of players.
“When I look around and see the likes of him and Mesut Ozil… these are people you play on Fifa with, that you watch on TV, so for me to be in the changing room with them… it’s amazing.”
Wenger is famous for only offering one-year extensions to players over 30, but this insight into how the more experienced stars can help in the development of our young stars. It was revealed last week that the 33 year-old Mikel Arteta has been coaching Arsenal’s Under 13 squad, so perhaps Rosicky could pass his invaluable experience on in the same capacity?