Rosicky targets Gunners stay

The midfielder has one year left on his contract with the Premier

League club, however, it has been speculated that boss Arsene

Wenger has grown tired of the Czech’s regular injury and illness

problems. Rosicky, though, has had his tonsils removed this summer

because doctors believed they were the cause of numerous viral

infections which have limited his availability for selection. And,

unlike Fabregas, who has been wanted by Barcelona for several

years, and Manchester City targets Nasri and Clichy, the

30-year-old has pledged his commitment to Arsenal after receiving

assurances from Wenger. Rosicky told iDNES.cz: “I don’t want to go

somewhere where I would have it easier and where even the ordinary

life would be easier for me. I want to achieve something with

Arsenal. “On Monday, I am starting pre-season with Arsenal. Before

vacation I was speaking with coach Wenger and he told me he counted

on my services and that there was no intention of selling me.”

Rosicky has also yet to give up hope that Fabregas will stay at

Arsenal, despite European champions Barcelona appearing to be set

to complete a £35million deal. Asked about the future of his

club captain, Rosicky said: “I was talking to him on the phone

recently, but I don’t know. “Even if I knew, I wouldn’t tell. I

would like to see him stay because he is a good mate as well as an

excellent football player.”