Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky will sign a new contract with Arsenal.
Rosicky was picked to start over Mesut Özil in the 4-1 win over Sunderland and contributed to the score producing the goal of the match.
Rosicky’s current deal with the club ends this summer, but Wenger insists that he is part of his current plans and is sure a new deal will be signed soon.
“Tomas Rosicky will stay. We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon,” said the 64-year-old manager.
“I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club.”
Wenger was very pleased with the performance that Rosicky put in against Sunderland to help ease the loss against Bayern Munich midweek.
“He is maybe one of the players who plays the game of give and move, is a great accelerator of the game,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“When the ball comes to him it is ‘boof’. It is second gear now and that is something I admire in him.
“He makes always things happen, not with individual dribbling but with individual acceleration of his passing and of his runs.”
Meanwhile Özil has received plenty of criticism for his recent Arsenal performances and no more so than after his woeful penalty miss against Munich.
The 25-year-old German was benched for the match against Sunderland with the official line being that he had a bruised thigh, but teammate Jack Wilshere is sure he will be back to the form that he showed when first joining the club soon.
“Mesut is fine, he is a great character. He is friends with everyone around the place,” the 22-year-old said.
“He has got a dead leg which is not nice, but he was in the dressing room helping the boys, talking to everyone, telling me and the other boys where to go (in midfield).
“He is a great talent and is up there with the best in the world and he will be all right.”