To be fair to Lukas Podolski, he has never suggested that he is not happy at Arsenal, or given any sign that he wants to move to another club. On the contrary, he generally looks like he has been having the time of his life since joining the Gunners from Cologne last summer. If you don’t believe me, look on Arsenal.com at all the pictures from the training sessions. He looks as happy as a pig in a place where pigs are happy.
There have been many rumours this morning saying that Lukas Podolski may be leaving Arsenal in the summer as he seems to be frozen out of the first team, despite scoring in his last appearance against Bayern Munich, but the German international has now spoken out to say he is happy to wait for Wenger to choose when to play him.
He said on Arsenal.com: “I did well earlier in the season, then had an injury which put me out for a few weeks, but now I’m back and hope to play a big part in the final run of matches. But it is the coach’s decision, of course.
Lukas Podolski may not have set the scoring statistics alight since joining Arsenal from Cologne in the summer, but he has almost always operated on the left side of a front three. The German international striker has scored some very good and very important goals for the Gunners, and provided lots of assists. His performances have added quality to the side both in attack as well as tracking back to help the left back out in defence.
Lukas Podolski has not always been an effectual player for Arsenal since joining from Cologne in the summer, but when he has been, the Gunners have been a much better side. The German gives the attack a great balance, and when he workd hard, he combines to great effect with Kieran Gibbs and helps the midfield and defence last night.
When Arsenal signed Lukas Podolski early in the summer, it was a great boost for fans of the club, mainly due to the German striker’s reputation and international record, but there were some doubts about his time at Bayern Munich and whether he could adapt to playing at the top level in the English Premier league.
The 27-year old striker settled quickly into the Arsenal team and has scored and assisted some good goals for the Gunners, but the pace of the English game and the amount of games seemed to take it’s toll on him and he struggled to have the same effect in a few games. A bit of a rest has re-invigorated him and Gooners should see him get better and better from now on.
Not many players get 100 international caps, especially for a successful country like Germany, but the new Arsenal striker and left winger Lukas Podolski got his at Euro 2012 and is likely to get many more before his international career comes to an end.
Despite their being a good crop of young German strikers coming through, the coach of Germany has spoken about Podolski and has assured him that he is crucial to the Germany team. Joachim Low is glad that Podolski has made the move from Cologne to the Gunners and says it is already improving his play.
Arsenal’s German international striker Lukas Podolski has settled in to life as a Gunner in astonishing fashion. At 27-years old, Podolski has a good few years of football at the peak of his powers and, from what he says, Arsenal will get the benefit of all of those years.
His transfer to Arsenal is the second time in his career that he has moved from the club where he began his career, Cologne, to further his career. After breaking in to the first team at Cologne, his goals fired the club in to the top flight of German football but the team were relegated the next season, despite Podolski continuing his good form. The striker had began his international career with Germany and was forced in to a move in order to keep being selected for international duty.
Lukas Podolski enjoyed a great start to his Arsenal career, scoring twice in a 4-0 win over his former side Cologne. H has told Arsenal.com about how pleased he is to be a Gunner and of his confidence in Arsenal’s ability.
“It’s a very good team and the guys are very good.
“It was easy to be one of the guys. It’s a great atmosphere.”
The 27-year old German international believes that his playing style is perfectly suited to Arsenal, this being one of the reasons he has settled so well. The striker can play through the middle or coming in from the wing. Podolski loves to pass and move quickly, as was shown perfectly in his link up with Kieran Gibbs for his second goal against Cologne.
Arsenal vs Cologne preview with starting line-up and predicted score! by KJ
Today we’ve finally got an Arsenal game on our hands. What makes this more special than a usual preseason game are:
- We will finally have the opportunity to see our 3 new signings (Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla) in an Arsenal shirt and that can only bring excitement.
After a whole season of going back and forth between Arsenal and other European clubs, Podolski’s transfer rumours have finally reached an end now that German newspapers have announced that the International German striker has agreed to join Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has wanted to transfer the striker ever since last summer’s transfer window ended, but the deal couldn’t be completed in January despite Podolski’s statements saying that he’s highly interested in the possibility of joining the Emirates Stadium.
Now Arsene Wenger has finally agreed personal terms with Podolski, according to the German newspaper Bild, and the striker is going to join Arsenal in the summer when the transfer window will be opened again.
Just yesterday I was talking about the prospect of bringing the Poland-born German international, Lukas Podolski, to the Emirates after he slammed the Cologne management for not keeping their promises to strengthen the team and he yet again indicated that he wanted to find a new more ambitious club in the summer.
However, Cologne have announced that they intend to punish Podolski over the outburst as breaking the terms of his contract, and are still determined to try and extend the midfielder’s contract. Here’s what they had to say: “We have decided as a club not to tolerate this kind of interview but rather to sanction them,”