Rosicky defends decision not to watch Larsson leveller

Rosicky felt it would be a goal as soon as the ball was struckThomas Rosicky has defended his actions during Arsenal’s win over Sunderland on Sunday after fans criticised him for deciding not to watch Sebastian Larsson superb free kick equaliser.

Some quarters of the Emirates Stadium were unhappy with the Czech Republic midfielder after he started walking back to the halfway line before Wojciech Szczesny had a chance to save the Swede’s effort.

Some supporters have claimed that the 31-year-old started laughing after the free kick was taken but Rosicky has refuted those suggestions stating his disbelief at the allegations.

He explained: “That wasn’t a laugh – it was a desperate laugh that such a screamer would be scored again. I don’t have to turn around.

“When I see his face and he is celebrating, why should I turn around? I have been here six years and anyone who thinks I would laugh at that, for people to take it that way is frankly unbelievable.”

Victory over the Black Cats, courtesy of two Robin Van Persie goals, lifted Arsene Wenger’s up to 10th in the table and Rosicky believes it is possible for the Gunners to achieve a top four finish.

“It was a very difficult start for us but the season is very long and I don’t feel it is impossible for us (to finish in the top four).” He said.

“Every game is very difficult and you have to fight hard. The season is long and there are so many points to play for. Arsenal is a great club that always has to play for the top four. Even if we started badly, it must still be our aim.”

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