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Gunner aims to emulate United duo

Rosicky hails Scholes and Giggs

By | 26th April 2012

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky believes that being in his thirties and being well aware of his injury-prone past does not stop him from believing that he will enjoy a long playing career like Manchester United veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

Rosicky, 31, was one of the game’s most widely renowned playmakers nearly half a decade ago but a series of injuries hindered his progress significantly.

In fact, the Czech Republic international estimates that he lost two years worth of football – an idea that frustrates him a lot but also gives him hope that his legs will be fresh for an extra two years.

“You know, my normal age is 31 but in football years I’m 29 – I lost two years because of injury so let’s just talk about my football age. I still believe I have plenty in me – we’ll see how it all goes, but right now I feel great and want to continue this way,” Rosicky was quoted on Arsenal’s official website.

Citing the longevity of Scholes and Giggs to support his self-belief, he added: “I can say that I feel very well and I hope I have many years to come. You see players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – what they are producing at their age for Manchester United is great and that’s a real inspiration for me.”

Rosicky has been in inspirational form lately, playing some of his best football ever to guide the Gunners to third place in the Premier League standings.

Manager Arsene Wenger was particularly impressed with his ability to play through illness during last weekend’s goalless draw against Chelsea and he will hope to have his star playmaker ready for Saturday afternoon’s tricky visit to Stoke City.

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