Date: 20th July 2009 at 8:51am
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Arsenal kicked off their 2009 summer pre-season schedule with the annual trip to the Underhill Stadium to face Barnet in the traditional opening fixture. The game ended 2-2 but the highlight of the game was the return to action of long term absentee, Tomas Rosicky.

Rosicky hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since January of 2008 after suffering what seemed to be a minor injury that ultimately kept him out for 18 months and had all Gooners wondering if we’d ever see the classy play-maker in red and white again.

After the game Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed for the first time that he shared all of our concerns.

‘There was a time when I was worried Tomas wouldn’t play football again and he felt the same,’ said Wenger.

‘But he had always led a healthy and dedicated life. Mentally he’s also very strong. Of course you have to ask and hope if he will ever get back to where we want him to be and the answer looks like yes.’

The re-addition of Tommy Gun to the squad adds a massive air of experience, and when paired with Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin provides one of the most creative and mouthwatering midfields that I’ve seen in a very long time.