Midfielder Rosicky joins Arsenal
It is official and without a doubt the biggest Czech transfer this season: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Tomas Rosicky to Arsenal in the English Premiership. The transfer fee - not officially disclosed has been put at 8 million British pounds - the equivalent of 15 million US dollars.
"Of course I'm aware of this point, and that will be the biggest difference [with Borussia]: now I've joined a top club. The situation is different and there will be a lot of competition to make the roster. On the other hand, what better team than Arsenal to make me a better player?"
But, after five years at Borussia - a club strapped by financial difficulties - it was clear the player's career needed to change gears. Former Czech international Antonin Panenka:
"It's very good news for the player and he can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that his future is secure: now he can concentrate fully on the World Cup. As far as the English league is concerned I don't think Tomas should have any trouble: he makes himself essential and knows how to create situations. Of course, the English league is more aggressive than the Bundesliga but I don't think it'll be a problem. I think he'll adapt."
The Arsenal signing comes just two weeks ahead of the World Cup - the first for players like Rosicky: he was only nine years old the last time Czechs competed, way back in 1990. Along with Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky, and Petr Cech, the midfielder should be a major asset next month - and if things go the Czechs' way, Arsenal may be relieved that they acquired the player before - and not after - the tournament: if Rosicky ends up shining there his value can only increase.