Tomas Rosicky could be set for a shock exit this summer with Hamburg lining up a deal for Czech star according to several reports. The midfielder has endured a difficult Arsenal career with injuries denying him a long run in the team and has since fallen down the pecking order at the club.
His age and injury record looked set to show him the door last summer but an emergence of fine form helped him establish himself as a first team regular and guide Arsenal in to third place in the Premier League. His rejuvenated form once again saw him feature more regularly but injuries spoiled his season and his place in a fully fit squad sees him as a back-up player.
He has expressed his desire to stay with the Gunners and win his first piece of silverware with them but with expected midfield reinforcements, his position at the club could be in jeopardy.
Hamburg has shown keen interest in him and see him as a replacement for the inevitable departure of key man Heung-Min Son. The South Korean netted 12 goals in the Bundesliga last season and has been linked with moves across the continent, including Arsenal.
Rosicky would cost Hamburg £4 million, however the Bundesliga are hoping for a cut-price deal taking in to consideration the players age and record with injuries. The Czech Republic captain was also linked with a move back to Borussia Dortmund, however the Champions League runners-up will be looking at more young, talented playmakers to fill the void of the influential Mario Gotze, who will join Bayern Munich in July.
This is set to be a transitional period for Arsenal as they look to completely overhaul the team, which will see all the deadwood players leave the club. Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Seb Squillaci have all been shown the door and Rosicky is in contention to join them all at the exit along with Gervinho, Lukasz Fabianski and the players who were sent out on loan; Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young, Niklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Frimpong, Johan Djourou and Andre Santos.
What do you think of Rosicky? Should he be made to stay or should we sell him?