With just over three full days left until the transfer window slams shut for the season, I'm still clinging on to the slim hope that we will bring someone in.
You would think that targets would have been identified and secured a long time ago, considering we clearly need reinforcements and the money is available to bring them in, but for whatever reason that hasn't happened. David Villa's name keeps popping up, but I really can't see us spending serious money on a 31-year old, no matter how good he is. I will happily be proved wrong though.
While we wait (probably in vain) for some added quality and depth, the return of Tomas Rosicky couldn't have been better timed. The Czech midfielder has never quite hit the heights that we hoped he would as a result of constant injury, but he adds so much when he's on song.
Our midfielders can pass the ball very nicely, but Rosicky adds a directness that some of his teammates lack. He's constantly trying to move the ball further up the pitch, either by passing to another player in red or taking on defenders. Despite his age and all of the injuries, he's still got a surprising burst of acceleration which allows him to speed away from opponents. It wasn't a coincidence that last season's dramatic improvement of form came when he got a proper run in the team.
At the moment, I'm not sure if he gets into our strongest team, but Jack Wilshere won't be able to play every game and at some point Santi Cazorla is going to need a break. Rosicky can comfortably fill in for either of them and is a brilliant option to have on the bench if we need a goal.
It's a cliche now for Arsene Wenger to claim that a player returning from injury is 'like a new signing', but it could be true in this case. He can provide the spark and imagination to get results when others around him are flagging. Of course, it would be even better if he was joined by an actual signing.