Rosicky blames Arsenal's slump on lack of possession as Gunner face crisis
23:48 GMT, 5 December 2012
Tomas Rosicky has blamed Arsenal's poor start to the season
on their inability to keep possession like Arsene Wenger's teams of old.
The Arsenal midfielder questioned his team's confidence and
said he could understand the fans' frustration after the club's worst start to
the season for 18 years. Arsenal lie tenth in the Barclays Premier League with
only 21 points from their first 15 games.
Rosicky, who started his first match this season and scored
in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night,
said: 'Sometimes we don't keep the ball as we used to. It is definitely a
matter of confidence. You can see there are more back passes than we used to
do. You have to gain confidence by winning the next game.
Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession
'I can understand the frustration as I am an Arsenal fan as
well. We all have to stick together. That is what we did last season when
everyone wrote us off and we came back stronger.
'It will be difficult, there is no doubt about it, but we
are OK to do it again. We have to sort it out quickly.'
The statistics back up
Rosicky's observations, with Arsenal averaging 59.3 per cent of possession in
the league so far this season compared to 60.1 per cent in their last campaign.
Wenger's side are making and completing more passes, too, but are less
clinical, with just one goal in their last three league games.
Rosicky impressed on his 45-minute comeback in Athens after
aggravating an achilles tendon problem while playing for the Czech Republic at
last summer's European Championships.
Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot
The midfielder said the injury was a particularly
frustrating setback and claimed he has to 'fight constantly' to avoid being
kicked by opponents during games.
'How can you defend yourself when someone kicks you,' said
Rosicky. 'It is frustrating for me to pick up another injury. During the season
I had already received a kick on my achilles and then I got finished off in the
'For the position I play, I always have someone on my back
and with the position I have, I am often receiving the ball with someone behind
me. How can I defend myself 'It is part of the game and I have to take it. It
is difficult for me. I have to fight constantly and that is what I am able to