Arsenal's Rosicky eager for more first team opportunities

The Czech Republic international insists he would like to play more first-team football, and is keen to impress manager Arsene Wenger in training to gain more opportunities

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has said he is eager to play more often and will continue to work hard to earn more first-team opportunities.

The 32-year-old playmaker insists he is back to full fitness and is keen to impress manager Arsene Wenger for a chance to perform for the first-team.

The Czech Republic international stated he respects the decision of the manager, and he will be ready to help the team when called upon.

“Naturally, I would like to play more often, that’s for sure,” Rosicky told CTK. “I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly.

“When the coach picks me, I go along with all the tactical tasks and I think I have nothing to be ashamed of.

“It’s the manager’s team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance.

“The team has had problems so there’s no space or time to complain that someone is not playing. To me, personally, the most important thing is that the club which I love finishes in a position where we can compete in the Champions League.

“Everything else can be sorted out after the season, on a beach for instance!

“I must convince myself so that it doesn’t stay on my mind and doesn’t frustrate me. That wouldn’t help me or the club. Mr Wenger tells me to be patient but, obviously, the manager of such a club is not explaining every single decision to you.”

The Gunners are four points away from bitter rivals Tottenham, with a game in hand and Rosicky believes there is still time for the team to fight their way back into fourth spot and Champions League qualification.

“Even if we have been eliminated from all the cup competitions, we have enormous motivation to fight for fourth spot, which is extremely important for Arsenal,” Rosicky added.

“There’s a lot of points left to play for and we are just four points behind, that can be reached. We just need a run of good results.”

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