Tomas Rosicky has explained how he 'badly needed' his first Premiership goal in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Wigan.
The Czech Republic international scored with five minutes to go to hand The Gunners a late victory on Sunday and his joy was heightened by the fact that the header was his first league goal in nine months.
Rosicky had scored in both the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League since moving to Emirates Stadium in the summer, but the schemer admitted it was a relief to open his Premiership account against The Latics.
"So I have finally experienced it," said Rosicky on his official website.
"This goal against Wigan came at the right moment as the last time I scored in the league was in May 2006 when I scored for Dortmund against Hannover.
"Since that time I have been struggling to score.
"Of course I have been scoring for the national team and for Arsenal in other competitions but I needed badly to score in the Premiership as well.
"I can now be twice as happy as I scored with a header which, as far as I can remember, has never happened before."
Rosicky is now looking to rest his weary body over the coming days after having to travel to Belgium for a friendly on Wednesday.
"Now what we need the most is to have a rest. Personally I felt very tired after I returned from the international break, but it was because of all the travelling not the game," Rosicky continued.
"After all, you spend plenty of time at airports and it does not help your body.
"This makes clear my schedule for the near future. Expect the busy playing schedule, I will rest."