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The Czech Republic midfielder's current deal expires at the end of the season but the Gunners manager is keen to keep him around because he is a "typical Arsenal player"

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Tomas Rosicky will stay at Arsenal beyond this summer despite his contract having just six months remaining.

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Rosicky is free to discuss a move elsewhere in the current winter transfer window, but has previously stated his desire to extend his near eight-year stint at the Emirates Stadium.

And Wenger has confirmed he wants the Czech to remain at the club, and praised the former Borussia Dortmund man's quality.

"Tomas Rosicky will stay here at the end of the season," he told reporters

"He is a marvellous player and contributes well to the team. He is certainly a typical Arsenal player in the way that he is mobile, technically sound and team orientated. He is a fantastic footballer."

Rosicky has made 20 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners so far this term, and will be in the squad for Monday night's game at Aston Villa.

Mesut Ozil will also be involved after returning from a short break in Morocco following last Saturday's FA Cup win against Tottenham.

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