Have we seen the last of Tomas Rosicky?

Anyone who witnessed last weekend’s debacle against Hull City will have realised that what we really missed was the creative inspiration to take control of the game.

The Hull goalkeeper didn’t have a save of note to make in the first half and with Cesc Fabregas not at the top of his game – and we cannot expect him to be so every week – we lacked the guile to break down the Tigers’ resolute defence.

Theo Walcott, impressive in spurts this season, may well prove to have the talent we need, as could Carlos Vela, and Samir Nasri is certainly an improvement on Alex Hleb. But if Arsenal are to challenge for honours on all fronts, we need more than that.

Despite his two goals on Tuesday, I’m still not sure Robin van Persie has what it takes to provide that spark and Eduardo’s recovery cannot come soon enough.

But despite stating that Tomas Rosicky could return to action before Christmas, I’m not convinced we’ll see him in an Arsenal shirt much longer.

Wenger believes offensive players start to go downhill at the age of 30, hence his comfort at selling an icon such as Thierry Henry and letting Robert Pires depart somewhat prematurely.

Only Dennis Bergkamp managed to extend his stay to the grand old age of 37, his vision not requiring the pace that Wenger usually expects of his forwards.

To put it in context, Eduardo will probably return to action from an injury which could have required part of his leg to be amputated quicker than Rosicky from a thigh injury he sustained in January.

Wenger said: "I monitor Rosicky's progress very closely, but at the moment it is very difficult to put a date on his comeback. We are not pessimistic about the future of his career, but we still need more patience. If he comes back before Christmas we have done very well - but I think we can achieve that, so in December he can play again."

The fact is, when he is fit and able to play, Rosicky offers something no other player in the team has – and his combination with Gael Clichy on the left is a threat to any team.

His experience and vision give us another option for those days when Fabregas or Nasri or the blossoming Walcott or Vela are not at their best.

But with his contract possibly in it’s last 12-18 months, even if he returns to fitness, it wouldn’t surprise me if Wenger cashes in and signs someone whose fitness gives him a more reliable creative option.