The idea of Thomas making a cameo appearance in last game of the season is the stuff that Arsenal supporter’s dreams are made off. A romantic image of the Czech star running out of the tunnel into the bright sunshine at Old Trafford springs to mind; the thought certainly brings a smile to my face and a wistful sigh from my mouth. Then, I weigh up the odds of this happening and pinch myself out of my melancholy daze as I realise that the chances are zero.
One of the things that hasn’t been acknowledged is just how frustrated Wenger must have been, at being given, what seems like so much conflicting information, over the last year from the various medical staff, employed by Rosicky, Arsenal and the Czech Republic’s national team, as to when he was likely to return. Wenger has made announcements all season that Rosicky will return at this date or that only to find himself embarrassingly having to back peddle when the Czech captain failed to appear.
There are certain elements of the blog-sphere that seem to revel in the idea that Wenger made a mistake by buying him in the first place using the 6.5 million price tag as conformation that there must be something wrong with him while conveniently failing to acknowledge that Rosicky had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave at the aforementioned fee.
The crux of the issue is this: is Wenger to blame for not replacing him earlier? It seems to me that the answer to that question balances on your view as to whether you believe that Wenger knew that Rosicky was going to be out for so long. The answer surely must be “No”. Wenger stated that he expected Rosicky to have played 80% of the games this season and this, which, by the way, would have meant that Denilson would have made the same amount of appearances that Ramsey has this season; the correct amount if you ask me, he is a player in development that has had more responsibility than was good for him, the team or our season. I digress, Wenger obviously didn’t realise the extent of the damage to Rosicky and as soon as he did he acted and bought Arshavin.
In a recent interview Wenger was very determined in his tone when he said the he would not play again this season. I sense a change in the attitude at the club towards Rosicky. I got the feeling that Wenger was not prepared to put himself in the position of being embarrassed by risking the possibility of having to watch Rosicky limp off yet again for the sake of a cameo.