23rd May 2016: New kit ‘unveiled’ + Wenger on Rosicky
Welcome to a brand new week on TremendArse. Arsenal belatedly unveiled their new home kit this morning and my first impression was, well, not my first impression, obviously.
The leaked snaps over the weekend of soon-to-be Gunner Granit Xhaka sporting next season’s jersey at his medical/photoshoot had ensured any semblance of surprise was left in smithereens.
But still, we got a much closer look at the kit today and although it’s not hugely different from it’s predecessor, I still like the latest iteration with it’s vertical stripe a lot. Anyway, if you haven’t done so already, head over to the official site and take a gander.
Moving swiftly on and Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Tomas Rosicky, who of course has just left the club after a decade in north London. Speaking to Arsenal Player, the boss said:
It will always be a frustration [he didn’t play more games] because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent. I personally, like we all do here, love the player. The standing ovation he gets every time he walks out there tells you a lot. We love the man as well, and his attitude, and his exceptional class and qualities. It’s sad [that he’s leaving] but I must say, for me it was a privilege to manage him. He makes it look very easy when he’s playing. He has a quality – when the ball comes to him the game suddenly becomes a bit quicker, more incisive, more mobile. He had all the football qualities to play the game we love to play here, and I would say Tomas Rosicky was the perfect player for Arsenal Football Club.
That’s high praise indeed and as I mentioned in my Rosicky-dedicated post last week, Tomas falls firmly into the ‘what-if’ category alongside Abou Diaby in the sense that injury deprived us of his talents more often than not in his time at the club.
All we can do is imagine what Arsenal as a team may have achieved with him available more often and as such, as much as I rate him very highly as a footballer, if I’m honest, I don’t have nearly the same attachment to the Czech as other fans seem to and Arsene clearly shows he has above.
Just a micro-post this evening but what can I say? It’s the start of the summer, news and I’m sure interest in it, is waning a little so there’s little point waffling on for the sake of it.