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Five reasons why I love Tomas Rosicky

Tomas Rosicky’s recent revival of form has led to high praise from many in the footballing world with the hope that he can fully regain the form which made him such a valuable asset in the transfer market a few years ago. While injury has stopped Rosicky many a time from fulfilling his true potential, I always believed that he would come good and show the world his quality, hence, here are five reasons why I love the player.

1. Gentleman attitude

In the modern world of football where diving, brawls and quarrels are a part of the game now, Rosicky is one who doesn’t indulge in all those activities. How many times have you seen Rosicky get into a fight with another player? Or a quarrel with a referee? Or even simulate trying to win a foul? It’s very rare but Rosicky, like Lionel Messi, retaliates on the pitch instead of a verbal manner and is a very honest player as well.

2. Style of play

Rosicky drifting away from a defender.

His silky passing, marauding runs, tireless work rate, raw skill, stunning first touch, long range screamers, unparalleled technique and brilliant vision – Rosicky is one of the best creative midfielders in the world at his peak and was labelled “Little Mozart” for a reason. A legend for Borussia Dortmund who bred the likes of Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, at one point he was dubbed similar to the great Zinedine Zidane. Rosicky is definitely the Premier League’s equivalent to Andres Iniesta in my eyes and is admired by not only Arsenal fans but rival club fans as well.

3. His dedication and loyalty.

Rosicky after scoring against Arsenal's fierce rivals, Tottenham.

With a year left on his contract and for majority of the season, playing second fiddle to Aaron Ramsey due to a return from injury, Rosicky could have easily departed Arsenal in the January transfer window. However, his love for the club ultimately proved too strong and with hard work and dedication, Rosicky let his performances do the talking and is now easily Arsenal’s best player in the past two months. He has now been rewarded for his performances with a new contract and even turned down big money moves to China and Russia just to stay with Arsenal.

I love the club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt. It’s felt like home since I arrived six years ago and I couldn’t be happier to commit my future to the team. – Tomas Rosicky

4. Passion

Passion: Rosicky's celebration after his goal puts Arsenal 2-0 up against AC Milan.

Rosicky always plays with his 100% – he is passionate about Arsenal and his football. You can see the passion oozing from him whenever Arsenal or himself score. Rarely do you see a sign of negative body language from him during a game. Of course, his dejection was there for all the world to see when Arsenal, despite winning 3-0 vs AC Milan, still didn’t qualify to the quarterfinals but that showed the sign of a player who just simply wanted to win and wasn’t happy with just redemption.

5. Fighting spirit

Rosicky has had his share of injuries.

At one point in his Arsenal career, Rosicky was sidelined for a massive 18 months. Even after his return from injury, he always suffered from niggling hamstring and groin injuries but did he consider retiring from football? No. Did he consider leaving Arsenal since he was used sparingly? No. Rosicky is a fighter and has come a long way from his injury hell to finally re-establish his name in the footballing world.

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