Arsene Wenger is being surprisingly open with his ongoing negotiations with Lukas Podolski, but he must be extremely certain that the German International will be at Arsenal next season.
He revealed that Podolski is needed at the Emirates to take the pressure off Robin Van Persie as the Gunners main goalscorer, which will help push Arsenal towards an elusive trophy next season.
Wenger said: “Yes we want Podolski, because we want to add some offensive strikers, because many times people say we rely too much on Van Persie, which is true, but if we can find world-class players, we will challenge for the title.”
I wonder if his next statement is implying that he may need extra defensive cover as well after losing so many games in January through lack of full-backs.
“I just felt we had two weak periods in the season and you can only afford one,” he said.
“I knew when we were 17th in August that we cannot afford any weak periods anymore, so when that happened in January it was very difficult.
“If you look at the circumstances of the second blip, it was down to the fact we had no full backs. Overall since October, since the team has gelled, we are not on too bad a run.
“Man City have had the opposite; they started in the way we are now. It is difficult for everyone to maintain that.”
But now City are on their (very long) blip, and if both teams carry on in this vein I could even see the Gunners nicking second place from the Ca$hri-rich Oli Sheikhs. Oh how happy would that make me!