Whilst Olivier Giroud continues to frustrate fans on a regular basis, Podolski spends a lot of time on the bench and often comes on towards the end of a game. If he starts a game, he rarely makes it past 60 minutes.
It’s not like the German doesn’t merit additional game-time. He’s been a bright spot in an otherwise blotted copybook for Arsenal this year. He formed a good partnership with Kieran Gibbs (before his injury), shows great acceleration getting down the wings, is probably the best crosser of the ball at the club and one of the best finishers too (who can rival him, Theo? Giroud? Surely not!)
What’s more, he’s got character. He won’t get bullied and he’ll step up when necessary. He has scored some important goals this season, along with some spectacular ones (his goal against Montpellier stands out). So, why does he spend less time on the pitch than the likes of Olivier Giroud?
You get the feeling that something’s going on behind the scenes. That Wenger’s aware of injury troubles that we’re not (indeed, Podolski has an injury issue at the moment – is this something he’s been holding all season?)
If I could sum this all up, I’d say that Podolski has impressed this season, but still has more to offer. That, to me, is pretty exciting.
They do note that it would take at least £15m to persuade Arsenal to sell (that’s a £4.1m raise on what Arsenal originally paid) and yet this still seems unlikely.
Podolski is one of a limited number of world-class players at Arsenal. It doesn’t make sense for him to move on just yet. After all, could Arsenal really bring in a player of his quality for the price they’ll sell him at? I’m not convinced.
The main reason I don’t see this deal going ahead, is that Podolski will still feel he has something to prove in the Premier League. I’m sure his failed Bayern Munich move still eats away at him, and he’ll be keen to ensure that his time in England is a success and that he comes away with his reputation in tact.
With that in mind, I expect Lukas Podolski to be an Arsenal player for some time to come.
What’s your take? Should Lukas Podolski move on this summer?
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