Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits that he is unsure why he is not getting picked for the club at the moment, according to Czech newspaper Denik.
Rosicky is currently on international duty with Czech Republic, but has only played 22 minutes of Premier League football for Arsenal this season. Additionally, he has only 31 minutes under his belt in the Champions League, while his only start and full 90 minutes came in the League Cup defeat to Southampton.
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The 34-year-old said: “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 doubt. However, I’m not in physical decline.
“When I played for the national team against Holland I ran 12km and according to the tests at Arsenal I’m in the top five (players) in terms of speed.
“We are on good terms, so I do not really know what it is. It is purely a coach’s decision. It’s not my decline. My health is fine too. Of course I want to play, but there’s not much I can do about it.”
Rosicky's only idea about his omission from the team so far this season was that he may not have fit into the club's new tactical set up under Arsene Wenger.
He continued: “It’s possible. Compared to last season we’ve changed the system and again have started playing 4-4-2. The coach is trying to find a system that best suits the players, and vice versa.
“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. So far this season has been disappointing for us.
"We haven’t played well and when I’ve played I’ve not been at the forefront of things.”