It seems that the common joke about Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky being made of glass might be a little closer to the truth than expected.
The Czech midfielder has consistently struggled with injuries since joining the club just after the World Cup in 2006 and the team doctor of Rosicky’s national team, Pavel Kolar, has suggested that it is a result of the imbalanced development of his muscles.
“Tomas has an imbalance of his muscle structure. In my opinion, this plays a big role in his injuries. Some of his muscles work more and are more developed whereas others are not. Muscles on the rear side of his thigh are enormously strained, it is a matter from his childhood.”
It really is an astonishing revelation by Kolar. As I mentioned earlier, so many jokes have been made about Rosicky’s inability to stay fit for more than a handful of matches at a time but Kolar’s explanation seems to give clear evidence as to why this is the case. I have to say that it is more than a little worrying because, as wonderful a player as Rosicky is, he’s not much good to Arsenal sitting in the stand. It’s no secret that Arsenal suffered a pretty serious injury crisis last season and further comments from Kolar may also explain why this is the case.
“I think that in England medical prevention is not at such a level as in Germany. At Arsenal it is not at such a level as it is for example in other European clubs. Perhaps it would be better if Arsenal knew about his problems.”
As someone who does not live in the England or Germany or know much about either country’s medical expertise it is utterly pointless for me to comment on this, but at the same time I would be surprised if there wasn’t a kernel of truth to what Kolar has said. Last season, the Arsenal doctors in particular seemed to give injured players the all-clear before they were ready and a large number of them did suffer relapses; Thierry Henry, William Gallas and of course, Rosicky, are good examples. There is, of course, a chance that Arsenal are already well-aware of Rosicky’s muscle problems and have simply refused to make it public knowledge. Either way, the suggestion from Kolar that the Czech midfielder may struggle on a permanent basis is worrying, especially for a player who is very much first-choice at the club.
Traore content as second-choice
One player who is not yet first-choice at the club but is enjoying his development immensely is Armand Traore. The young French left-back is currently second behind countryman Gael Clichy for the position and revealed that he is happier fighting for a first-team place at Arsenal than going out on loan at another club.
“I have spoken with the boss and he has told me that the position of official second-choice left-back is there for me. I think I am going to stay at Arsenal and still try to keep improving every day in training. I wanted to do that rather than go on loan, but when I speak to the manager and if he tells me that it has to be done, then of course it will be done.”
He looked extremely sharp when given the opportunity to play pre-season in the Emirates Cup and that was backed up by another great performance in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over Newcastle. The outstanding potential of Traore is obvious for anyone to see – heck, even William Gallas has noticed it – and as the outright second-choice at left-back I don’t think there is any way that Wenger will let him go out on loan this season. He will continue to get opportunities in the Carling Cup matches and if Clichy ever gets injured then I don’t think Wenger will have any hesitation in playing the 18-year-old.
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