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Wenger highlights Rosicky value

Created on 08 Apr., 2013 8:07 PM GMT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Tomas Rosicky after the midfielder scored twice in Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Brom.

The Czech Republic international has struggled with injuries since arriving in north London from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 but has often impressed when fully fit.

Rosicky was making only his fifth Premier League appearance of the season at the Hawthorns, and his return to form is particularly timely given the absence of the injured Jack Wilshere.

"He's had problems with injuries and then there was a problem with competition for places as well because you have Wilshere, you have (Santi) Cazorla," Wenger told the club's official website.

"He's such an important player who turns the game forward, brings movement into the game, makes a game look simple and you feel when he has the ball that something can always happen. Not many players have that in their locker.

"Before he played too far away from the box. I always played him wide but I put him in a position where he is more central now. He's more dangerous to score.

"I said to him 'today is a really special game for you because you scored two'. The most important thing is he scores them when you need them and we needed them today."

Arsenal sit fifth in the Premier League standings, two points behind and with a game in hand over north London rivals Tottenham, who occupy the final Champions League place in fourth.

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