Rosicky and Eduardo return for Arsenal
The departure of Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City for £25 million has left Arsene Wenger with money to reinvest in a youthful squad. Adebayor was a key player for Arsenal, chipping in with 62 goals in just over three seasons at the club.
Bourdeaux’s Marouane Chamakh has been touted as the ideal replacement for Adebayor. Tall and powerful, Chamakh holds up the ball well bringing the midfielders into play, bearing similarities to the departed Togo international.
Chamakh has struggled to score goals in the French League with his highest tally for a season a lowly 13 league goals. Adebayor had a similar record in France only managing to hit the net 18 times in three seasons.
Should Bourdeaux decide to part with their Moroccan International, Arsenal would need to pay in the region of £10 million to prise Chamakh to the Emirates.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, a man never to be rushed into panic buying will be heartened by the timely return of Tomas Rosicky. The Czech Republic international has not featured for Arsenal in 18 months.
His last appearance for The Gunners came against Newcastle United in the F.A. Cup on the 26th January 2008. Substituted after 7 minutes with what Wenger described as a ‘strange’ injury, Rosicky missed the remainder of the season, Euro 2008 and the entirety of the 2008/09 season.
Nicknamed ‘the little Mozart’, Rosicky is renowned for his silky skills and creativity. Before suffering the set back, Rosicky was firmly establishing himself as a key player in the Arsenal squad with 6 goals in 18 league appearances.
He slotted effortlessly into Wenger’s midfield and maintained the ethos of the club which is playing vibrant football. He returned for Arsenal in their pre season friendly against Barnet last Saturday.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Wenger described how he was unsure would Rosicky ever make a full return. He said: “There was a time when I was worried Tomas wouldn’t play football again and he felt the same”.
But it appears the player himself is confident that he has fully recuperated and Rosicky’s commitment in training displays the player’s own self confidence.
“At some stage he was even a bit too confident to go into dangerous tackles. We have to manage him well and prepare him well. If he comes through pre-season well he could start the season.”
So good news for Arsenal as they try to come to terms with life after Adebayor. In addition to the return of the Czech Republic maestro, a fully fit Eduardo will bring delight to a stern Wenger.
Eduardo who suffered that horrifying leg break at St. Andrews on the 23rd February 2008. It took the Croation international a full year to make his return to the Arensal lineup.
With a full pre season campaign behind the Brazilian born striker, Wenger will be hopeful that the revitalised Eduardo can make a big impact on the fortunes of the Arsenal this season.