Over the past few months Arsenal scouts have been looking at many players – creative midfielders in particular. It is well known that the club are keen on Mario Goetze with scouts making regular visits to see him in action, he will get no better chance to impress than next week against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Tomas Rosicky is approaching the end of his career, his contract is up for renewal soon and from what I have heard the chances of that happening are looking pretty bleak. After missing so much football due to his rare hamstring injury it was always going to be tricky to hit the standards he set himself pre-injury, he is currently a very useful member of the squad in the sense that he is happy to be a squad player and he is also active in helping younger players progress – this is also where Arsene Wenger feels his future lies. It would not be the least bit surprising if Rosicky was an Arsenal coach in the future.
At 31 years of age he theoretically still has plenty of football left in him, he still holds down an important role in the Czech Republic international team as captain and would understandably be reluctant to give that up without a fight. The gap between the end of his Arsenal career and the start of his coaching career will probably be spent in Germany where he still has a large following, inquiries over his availability have been regular over the past few years and he has been closer to the exit door than some may realise.
There is no coincidence that Arsenal are looking at life after Rosicky, it is only in the past couple of months that efforts have really been ramped up in the search for another creative midfielder – Rosicky is getting on, Diaby is still on the treatment table and that leaves Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta to share the creative slots in midfield.
If he gets the chance to string a run of good performances together this season, who knows if Arsenal will hand him a contract offer. Right now though the chances of that are looking pretty slim.