Rosicky to be offered new Arsenal contract if he reaches 25-match mark

The long-serving midfielder will be handed a one-year extension to his deal, due to expire next summer, should he feature in the required number of games for the first team
By Wayne Veysey | UK Chief Correspondent

Tomas Rosicky will be offered a one-year contract extension by Arsenal if he plays 25 matches for the club this season, Goal can reveal.

The 33-year-old is in the final year of his current deal, which is due to expire next summer.

Goal understands that, under the terms of the agreement, a contract offer will be triggered if he reaches the 25-match mark in the current campaign.

Rosicky, who joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, is on course to extend his spell at the Emirates Stadium beyond seven years.

He has made 11 appearances for the Gunners this season, eight of which were starts, including key roles in recent victories over Liverpool and Dortmund.

By contrast, he played 16 matches for the club last season and 38 in 2011-12.

The Czech Republic international has always been a favourite of manager Arsene Wenger despite injury problems hampering his availability and contributing to frequent and lengthy absences from the team.

"I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top class," said the Frenchman when Rosicky signed a new contract in 2012.

"He plays the style of football we champion here and shares completely our philosophy. I have huge respect for him."

Rosicky, who is the club's fourth longest-serving player after Nicklas Bendtner, Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott, has made 193 appearances in total for the club, scoring 19 goals.