Tomas Rosicky is currently 27 years old and has been playing for Arsenal since August 2006. Most of the fans believe he should and could contribute more to the team in terms of goals but due mainly to injuries he has failed to be in double figures for the club. Can he score 10+ goals next season ?
First of all let´s review Rosickys career so far. He played for Borussia Dortmund for 5 seasons (from 2001 to 2006) there he score a total of 22 goals for an average of 4.4 per season. He played 145 games for Dortmund averaging 29 games a season and scoring 0.15 goals per game.
In Arsenal he has played two seasons (from 2006 to 2008) and has scored a total of 13 goals for us in 61 games, averaging 30.5 games per season, 6.5 goals per season and 0.21 goals per game.
Career wise he has averaged 5 goals per season and 0.17 goals per game.
Interesting enough 2007 – 2008 season has been his most productive one ever, scoring 7 goals in 24 appearances. But this last figure is what generates more controversy over his role at Arsenal, he only played 24 games out of 53 games played by Arsenal in the EPL, FA and UCL tournaments, so was fit for less than half of Arsenal games (45%).
As a goal maker or provider he has also had his best seasons at Arsenal with 6 assist in both seasons he has played at North London.
For Rosicky to score 10 goals a season based on his Arsenal average (0.21 goals per game) he would have to play around 47 games a season, which means he has to be available (fit) for around 90% of Arsenal competitive games. Therefore it seems highly unlikely that we are going to get that much goals from him in a season.
However we all know he can shoot from midrange and that has been real closed to score on several of those occasions, and if he can improve his goals per game average (as he was doing just last season) and can finally be fit for the most of the season he can prove me wrong.