ARSENAL ATTACK MERCIFUL WITHOUT PODOLSKI By JL
In Arsenal’s most recent EPL games, we have struggled to put the ball in our opponents’ net. We could highlight some reasons for this ranging from lack of communication in attack, absence of proven goal poacher. We have a positive however, two successive clean-sheets.
The acquisition of Podolski was great news to Arsenal fans all over the world and so far, he has not disappointed in my opinion. Yes! He may not be entirely consistent and have few off-days, however, you would agree with me that he is a beast on his day. You can expect better services come next season.
Wenger prefers to deploy the Prince on the left rather than in the CF position as some of us fan clamour. His exploits on the left can never be over-emphasised. The way he runs the flank from our half to the opponents box is amazing. The defensive cover he provides is compared to none in the team as an attacker. His link-up in front with his powerful left foot is wonderful. We would recall that he did not start our two most recent PL games. He came on against Stoke to fire home a deflected free-kick. Against Sunderland, we could not stretch their defense because Santi drifted in-field a lot, accepted his strike won us the game but with Podolski on the pitch that day, one of our counter-attacks would have been fruitful but against Stoke, Begovic made a couple of good saves to deny The Ox. When Wilshere makes his runs, he sometimes find Podolski running-in from his LW position. Little wonder Podolski has good statistics to his name, besting other wingers in PL(including the big money boys). In essence, Poldi’s absence in our attack has only left and MAY continue to leave us struggling in attack. Definitely, we have created chances but the fluidity in our attacked with Podolski is dynamic.
Against Bayern, I would expect to see Walcott-Giroud-Podolski in attack as we can not afford to struggle to get goals. However, Wenger is laden the responsibility to choose his team and surely knows the trade more than I do.