Date: 25th July 2012 at 11:29am
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Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky faces 6-8 weeks on the sidelines having undergone surgery on an achilles injury. Rosicky enjoyed a renaissance campaign last year having been plagued by injuries for the last four or five years, winning himself a place in the starting line up again. However, he finished the campaign with a minor achilles complaint which he exacerbated on international duty for Czech Republic, forcing him to miss their final game and a half of the tournament.

‘There was some swelling that we needed to get rid of,’ the Arsenal player’s agent Pavel Paska was quoted as saying. ‘Tomas has already started physio.’

Whilst Arsene Wenger ruled out a move for a defensive or box to box midfielder, he neglected to mention his creative options in the middle of the park. With Ramsey on Olympic duty, Rosicky now injured, Wilshere still out and a move for Santi Cazorla in progress, it would appear Arsenal will look to strengthen in that area of the pitch.