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Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger: Tomas Rosicky devastated by injury setback

Tomas Rosicky made his first appearance of the season for Arsenal against Burnley in the FA Cup – only to sustain a thigh injury. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty ImagesTomas Rosicky made his first appearance of the season for Arsenal against Burnley in the FA Cup – only to sustain a thigh injury. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Tomas Rosicky has been left “devastated” by another injury setback in what could be his final season as an Arsenal player, according to Arsène Wenger.

Rosicky sustained a thigh injury against Burnley in the FA Cup and underwent a scan on the problem on Monday, having only come on in the 71st minute during his first match of the campaign. It is the latest blow for the Czech Republic captain, who has suffered numerous injuries since joining the club in 2006, most recently a knee issue.

The 35-year-old, who has made 170 appearances in the Premier League over 10 years, is not expected to be offered a new contract at Arsenal when his current deal expires in the summer, meaning his final months at the club could be spent on the sidelines. Wenger did not know how long the midfielder would be out for but it is thought Rosicky – who had not played since June – will miss at least one month.

Asked how he sustained the injury, Wenger said: “Nobody understands. I told him straight away after half-time to warm up. I observed him, he’s very conscientious Tomas, he did sprint and sprint, and sprint. He comes on; after three minutes he got the injury.

“I looked at him and thought: ‘Tomas you do not run properly’ because he didn’t lift his legs and he lost some balls. I was amazed because he is at the top level technically. He told me after the game that he did it [the injury] straight away.

“He warmed up well, for 20 minutes. He’s devastated. Unbelievable. He’s such a good player but his career has been disrupted by so many injuries. He was born in 1980, he’s 35, it’s difficult for him. Let’s hope we have good news, that it is not as bad as feared.”

Arsenal play Southampton in the league at the Emirates on Tuesday night, one month after they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Ronald Koeman’s side. Other than Rosicky, Wenger will be able to select from a fully fit squad, with Mesut Özil likely to return to the starting lineup after being rested in the Cup.

The Arsenal manager blamed the defeat at St Mary’s on a lack of mental focus but said his side’s ability to respond to a disappointing result has improved. “I think the team has a good mentality, a good level of humility and a good togetherness,” he said. “Humility means that you question your performance every time, that you are ready to put a shift in. This team relies a lot on work rate.

“Southampton have a good team and let’s not forget they won at Man United, they won at Chelsea, they are a team with quality players like Tadic, Mané, Long, Pellè, Fonte at the back, Wanyama. They are a team with top quality.”

“I felt on the day [in December] we did not have the mental energy. We put a lot in. It was Christmas, we always go to Southampton at the Christmas period. We got caught by a team that was full of desire.” – theguardian –

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