Fulham look set to bid for Arsenal’s Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky after allegedly sending scouts to monitor the 31-year-old.
Rosicky has come on as substitute in each of the Gunners’ last three league games but luckily it was the 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates in late December which Cottagers’ scouts were sent to watch – a match in which the Czech Republic captain managed a rare full 90 minutes.
Previously such a lack of game time has been due to Rosicky’s persistent injuries, but the scheming midfielder now feels fully fit and is known to be frustrated at his lack of opportunities in the first team, where he has fallen behind the likes of Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Yossi Benayoun. England’s Jack Wilshere is primed to return from injury next month, which would limit Rosicky’s chances even further.
Tipped for big things when he arrived in North London from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, Rosicky’s time at Arsenal has been largely frustrating.
He missed the entire 2008/09 season with a hamstring tendon injury, whilst the man formerly known as ‘The Little Mozart’ hasn’t played many happy tunes since.
Fulham boss Martin Jol is keen to reshape his squad ahead of the expected departure of Andy Johnson and with age catching up with midfielder Danny Murphy, the Dutchman sees Rosicky as the perfect mentor for young stars such as Pajtim Kasami, Kerim Frei and Marcel Gecov.
Wenger has always been open to selling Rosicky for the right price, and that could even be as little as £3m as the Gunners boss seeks to rid his squad of fringe players