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Ageing Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky thinks his manager’s failure to stick with a consistent side or system is to blame for Arsenal’s recent problems, reports ESPN.
The Gunners let a three goal lead slip in the Champions League last week, and lost against Swansea in the Premier League from a winning position on Sunday – with Arsene Wenger has been heavily criticised as a result.
“The coach is trying to find a system that best suits the players, and vice versa,” Rosicky told The Times.
“I’m not in this alone – there are other players in a similar boat. When we do get a chance, it’s harder for us to get into our rhythm.
“So far, this season has been disappointing for us. We haven’t played well, and when I’ve played I’ve not been at the forefront of things.”
Rosicky, now aged 34, has barely had a sniff of first-team action this season, with Wenger not giving him a single start in the Premier or Champions League.
“I’m not sure what’s going on,” he said.
“I understand that I am 34 years old and that it probably plays a role, whether I like it or not. That’s without a doubt.
“However, I’m not in physical decline. When I played for the national team [Czech Republic] against Netherlands, I ran 12 kilometres and according to the tests at Arsenal I’m in the top five in terms of speed.
“We [Wenger and I] are on good terms, so I do not really know what it is. It is purely a coach’s decision. It’s not my decline. My health is fine too. Of course I want to play, but there’s not much I can do about it.”
Arsenal are currently fifth in the table, having only won four of their 11 matches so far – and are also not certain to qualify from their European group.
With Theo Walcott returning from injury though, Rosicky’s chances of first-team action now look even slimmer.