Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has called on manager Arsene Wenger to give him more playing time following his impressive performance in the 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day at the Emirates Stadium.
The Czech Republic midfielder, who has been struggling to get any sort of game time this season, made his first Premier League start for the Gunners and capped off a lively performance by scoring the winner after some sublime work by Alexis Sanchez.
Rosicky now wants to play more regularly and the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder is hoping that his all-round performance will tempt Wenger into giving him more time on the pitch. With the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil injured, the midfielder should get more games during this busy period when matches come thick and fast.
"It was my first start of the season so I wanted to show the boss that he can use me more. It was an important victory for us because we played for a long time with 10 men but we dug deep and won the game. This is a very important part of the season so we are glad with the win," Rosicky said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
Even the Gunners boss was impressed with the midfielder's performance and has lauded him for playing so well despite not having played first-team football for a long period of time.
"Rosicky had an outstanding game today and he didn't play for a long time. Our job is always to be ready when you play," Wenger added.
The Czech international is aware that it is an uphill task for the north London club to get back into the title race after a poor start to the season, but believes things will be clearer following the Christmas and New Year period fixtures.
"You can see that it will be very tough and we will see how everyone is doing after the Christmas period," Rosicky concluded.