Rosicky optimistic over comeback
Tomas Rosicky hopes to be back in action for Arsenal during the opening weeks of the new campaign. The Czech playmaker has endured a difficult spell out of the game since he last played for the Gunners almost 18 months ago, against Newcastle United in the FA Cup in January 2008.
A combination of niggling injuries in his hamstring and knee tendons, which proved difficult to isolate and treat with surgery, restricted Rosicky's rehabilitation programme. The 28-year-old, signed from Borussia Dortmund in a £6.8m deal three years ago, resumed light training in May and has now rejoined the rest of the Arsenal squad as they prepare for the new campaign.
"I think I will be back in the autumn," Rosicky told Czech newspaper Sport. "According to my fitness coach Tony Colbert I could have been playing at the end of the [last] season as he thought my fitness was okay.
"I think it was obvious from the training that I was ready to play, if not for 90 minutes. But the club decided not to play me. They saw that I was okay, but maybe they just did not want to take the gamble.
"Until I play in a league match I will not be able to tell what my chances are, but when it comes to fitness alone I am in better shape than when I came to Arsenal."
"Playing alongside Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott makes you feel comfortable and I think I will quickly forget that I have been out for a while. Now that I have recovered, I am a new option for the manager. We have a strong team capable of moving mountains in all competitions."