34 year old Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky has insisted he is not looking for a move away from the Emirates this summer.
Since signing for the London club in 2006, Rosicky became one of the most popular players in the club and he can be touted as an Arsenal legend.
But the Gunners icon saw his gametime massively reduced in the last few years and spent most the season in the sidelines in the bench last season.
Arsenal’s attacking midfield is very crowded with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez and the veteran attacking midfielder is unlikely to play a key part in the next season also.
The Czech international has been linked with a return to former club Sparta Prague just two months after he signed a year-long contract extension.
But Rosicky insists he is not looking to move, even though he found it “difficult” to spend so much time on the bench last season.
“Obviously my focus is here,” he told Four Four Two. “I have a contract for one more season.”
“It was a difficult time for me, not playing much football on the pitch. I do have that frustration, but I think I still have it in me to help the team improve.”
“I don’t think I have to prove how loyal I was to this club, but I hope I can help the team next season.”
The Czech Republic international, who made just six Premier League starts last season, stated last month that he believes that Arsenal now have the best squad he has known since joining them in May 2006.
But that does not cushion the blow of being a player on the periphery.
The 34-year-old has been though the lean times of not winning a trophy for almost a decade and now it hurts him to just watch from the stands as the club begins to enjoy new success after back-to-back FA Cups.
He was left out of the Wembley squad for the demolition of Aston Villa last month but, despite his obvious frustrations at Wenger not picking him, it is very clear from his words that Rosicky has Arsenal in his blood.
“He (Wenger) told me in January that he wanted me to stay. I was counting on the fact that he would take up the option. I played the whole of January, middle of February, then it was less and less and then, by the end of the season, I was in the stands,” said Rosicky.
“If it’s coming like that, you think something might have changed and he might not take it. But he told me he wants me to stay here, for me to be here and he took the option and I’m here for another year.”
“I don’t have to say how I feel about Arsenal. I’m here nine years – through thick and thin, you can say. We had difficult times here and yet I stayed here. I don’t have to prove to anyone how loyal I was to this club.”
“I always said that I believed in Arsenal because of the enormous potential that the club has and I think I was right when you see what we are doing now. Even though it’s not going well for me now. It’s frustrating. I’m on the bench – how can I be happy about that?”
“I was waiting for a long time until we started winning again! Obviously it’s difficult to cut ties as simply and as easily as that. I was waiting for such a long time to be successful here that I must try, even if it’s not going well for me, to fight.”
The Czech republic international also stated about he delight after signing his compatriot Petr Cech.
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