Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has expressed his frustration with his contract having being extended despite manager Arsene Wenger rarely playing the 34-year-old.
The Czech Republic international, who is just one cap short of reaching a century of international appearances at full senior level, has started just five English Premier League games for the Gunners last season.
Rosicky had been expected to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer this summer before the club took up the option of extending his contract by a further year.
The three-time Czech Footballer of the Year expressed his frustration, telling iSport: “Since Arsene Wenger took the option in my contract, I haven’t even been on the bench. I am laughing but it’s not funny.
“It’s frustrating but I am a professional. Even if you lose your place, you must be still prepared because the situation can change.”
Rosicky, who has made 170 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club in 2006, also admitted his disappointment at missing out a place in last term’s English FA Cup Final squad, in which Arsenal won 4-0 over Aston Villa, saying it made “no sense” that he was not included despite being fully fit.