Rosicky calls for focus
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tomas Rosicky says Arsenal must put their frustrating draw with Blackburn behind them.
Tomas Rosicky has warned that Arsenal must put their frustrating draw with Blackburn behind them as they turn their attentions to the UEFA Champions League and the Carling Cup final.
The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday as Brad Friedel excelled and Jeremie Aliadiere had a clear-cut penalty turned down.
As a result, Arsenal must now play their Premiership rivals in a replay, but the London club's primary concern is Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first leg tie with PSV Eindhoven.
Arsene Wenger's side also play in the Carling Cup final on Sunday and Rosicky has called on his team-mates to ensure their FA Cup frustration is put to one side in the coming days.
"We have to put the game (with Blackburn) out of our heads, it will come to our mind again before the replay," Rosicky told his official website.
"Nevertheless, English cups are well known for its special atmosphere and it is not easy to win them.
"Now there is a difficult week ahead of us and we play two important games in it - with PSV on Tuesday and the highly awaited Carling Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday where I can meet Petr Cech.
"It was our third match in seven days. However, we should have managed to win it in order to ease our schedule for the next weeks."
Whilst Rosicky may not play against Chelsea in the Carling Cup final, the Czech Republic captain insists he is fighting fit as Arsenal continue their challenge on four fronts.
"The fatigue has been bigger and bigger over the last few weeks, but I played only a few minutes on Saturday, so I am relatively well-rested," Rosicky added.
"Even my ankle does not hurt me any longer. I was ready at 100 per cent on Saturday and the same will be for the next games where we have to travel outside London."