Arsenal have taken up the option to extend experienced midfielder Tomas Rosicky’s contract by a further year, despite the Czech Republic international being largely out of favour throughout the season.
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Rosicky looked set to become a free agent in the summer after being on the fringes of the first team at the Emirates Stadium this year. He has only made five Premier League starts this season as he has found himself behind the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey in the pecking order.
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to tie down the midfielder for another season, which will extend the Czech’s stay in North London to nine years.
James Olley of the Evening Standard broke the news via his official Twitter account, with Wenger confirming the news at his pre-match press conference:
Just confirmed with Wenger that #afc have taken up an option to extend Tomas Rosicky’s contract by one year.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 22, 2015
“We have taken up the option.” (of a one-year contract extension). He revealed. (via ITV Sport)
The 34-year-old could be line for a starting role for the Gunners on the final day of the season against West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Wenger has already hinted that he could rotate his squad ahead of the FA Cup final on May 30.