Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky has revealed he considered leaving the Emirates Stadium during the January transfer window and is still uncertain over his future in north London.
The 34-year-old didn't start a single Premier League game until the Boxing Day 2-1 victory over QPR and earlier in November he had admitted his frustration about his lack of chances, suggesting that he was ready to leave the club alongside other unhappy stars.
"I'm not sure what's going on. I understand that I am 34 years old and that it probably plays a role whether I like it or not. That's without a doubt. However, I am not in physical decline. I'm not in this alone, there are other players in a similar boat. When we do get a chance it's harder for us to get into our rhythm."
But while Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell eventually moved away on loan to secure more playing time, the Czech international stayed in north London, where he has secured four further Premier League starting appearances and played his part in the run up to the FA Cup semi-final.
Currently engaged with his national team, Rosicky has opened up about his thoughts on moving away during the January transfer window while leaving the door open to do it in the summer.
"We'd talked about me leaving in previous meetings back in September and October, but then the market closed and I couldn't do anything," he told iSport.cz.
"When you've not played a single game and the market then opens, it's obviously a very live issue. Then you start to think about whether it is not time to leave. It was no exception for me, it was very vivid."
Rosicky admitted that the situation has slightly improved but refused to rule out a departure in the summer.
"Since the new year things have started to improve, we started to play better football and what's more I am playing. Compared to the first six months, it's much better. We'll see how it goes on," he said.
"The rest of the season runs very fast, then I will solve it. Arsenal is still an option for next season, but they have everything in their hands. When I get back from the international team meeting, we will begin to deal with it," he said.
"There are two options open to me. At the moment I'm in a situation where I make the decision."