"He is in many ways a typical Arsène Wenger signing," says Honigstein. "He is very technical, very clever on the ball and always has an eye for a through ball. In Germany and for the Czech Republic he mostly played as a No 10 behind the strikers, similar to the role Alex Hleb used to play for Stuttgart.My interpretation for fantasy purposes is "don't waste your time for the first half of the season" - it took Hleb a while to adjust to the speed of the Premiership and even then he wasn't a very good fantasy player. In the immortal words of Vince Vaughn, he might end up being "the guy behind the guy behind the guy" (which comes off a lot gay-er when you're typing it than it did in Swingers...not there's anything wrong with that).
"That position doesn't really exist in the Premiership so I'd expect him to fit in somewhere on the wings or perhaps as a second striker. He is not very physical so is probably most likely to operate as an attacking midfield player.
"In terms of stature and the way he moves, he reminds me a little of Joe Cole. He doesn't get many goals but Wenger can get the best out of him. In five years at Dortmund Rosicky hinted at his genius but has not quite been able to do it consistently. Wenger has obviously looked at him for a number of years and decided to make a move for him."
From a German reporter who covers the Bundesliga on Rosicky...
posted by Neal Thurman on Wednesday, May 24, 2006