The endangered specie in Arsenal’s midfield owing to the arrival of record acquisition is Tomas Rosicky. He is the least favoured and that’s not because of the absence of talent or commitment but owing to his age and susceptibility to injuries. In the light of the crowded attacking midfield, what fate awaits the Czech star. Wilshere is too young, talented and an English star he can’t be benched. Any attempt to bench him perpetually could attract the ‘vultures’ to pursue him. Cazorla is just too important to be benched. In his maiden season, he was very key to the success of the team. He can only get better this season and his ambidexterity and versatility make him difficult to track and helps the trio of himself, Ozil and Wishere to form a deadly triangle.
Like typical Wenger signing, Rosicky is versatile and can operate in plethora of roles; central attacking midfield, right and left wings and the hole behind the striker. He will be good for the central attacking midfield position in matches where Ozil and Wilshere have been rested.
In the absence of Chamberlain owing to injury, he can share the right wing with Walcott and he is a different kind of player when on the wings. He isn’t as fast as Walcott but more skillful than the English man. His presence will come in handy on the left wing when Podolski and Cazorla are rested. He started his Arsenal career on the left so it won’t be a strange position or utterly new experience for him.
He can even further play in the midfield should Wenger decide to play with a false 9. False 9 means Giroud is absent. In the light of a false 9, the midfield will be crowded with two defensive minded ones and 4 offensive ones. The offensive ones could be Cazorla, Walcott, Ozil and Rosicky. Beyond playing regularly in the EPL, he would be an experienced presence in the fringe team that will be playing the Capital One Cup. With the exodus in the summer, the usual Capital One faces like Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gervinho and Chamakh are gone, there is a dearth of experience in the reserves. Agreed there are talented lads in the reserves a la Chuba Akpom, Elsfield, Frimpong and Zelalem but they still need an experienced head to hold them together and see them through anxious moments. Rosicky would offer that.
A calm force off the bench. In instances where we need to see off the game, Rosicky would be a reliable player. He can come in from the bench to see off the game. The arrival of Ozil is not a death kneel for the former Dortmund man, rather it is a change of strategy. His role might be reduced and limited but it is also key. He might just be Arsenal’s Ryan Giggs.