Where has Podolski gone at Arsenal?

Lukas Podolski joined Arsenal in the summer, and gave the Gunners a great boost of confidence. A German international with over 100 caps and 44 goals for his country was a great acquisition for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board. At 27-years old, Arsenal should be getting the best years out of Podolski and, at first, that seemed to be coming true.

The German scored Arsenal’s first goal of the season against Liverpool leading to our first win, and things were looking good, but he has drifted further and further out of games and might as well not have been on the pitch last night. I know he has supposed to have been suffering with a virus, but if he was fit enough to start, he should have been fit enough to have an effect for Arsenal.

Podolski has stated his desire to be given a chance as a central striker, and Wenger has not obliged. Perhaps this is the reason for his poor form, but it should not be a reason. He is playing in the same position he occupied when he first arrived and he was much better then. If he wants to prove to Wenger that he deserves a chance he needs to put in better performances. I must say, however, that he should have been the striker last night rather than Gervinho. Two games in a row the Ivorian has missed a sitter from just yards out, unbelievably bad.

If Podolski is suffering a crisis of confidence because of his and Arsenal’s poor form, I can understand. He should have the experience to snap out of it, though. Jack Wilshere was not having the best of games in the first half last night, uncharacteristically giving the ball away, but the young man showed his determination and rolled his sleeves up, got on with his job and ended up being the best player on the pitch.

We need you, Lukas, use the force and snap out of it!

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51 thoughts on “Where has Podolski gone at Arsenal?

  1. Tristan

    I have said long ago that Poldi is a good finisher, he fit for smaller team to play a lot counter-attacks, but he is not type of the player fits in our system. I also see him lose out his position in Germany squad soon.

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  2. Matt

    He doesn’t always move around to get into positions and demand the ball, he usually waits for the ball to get to him

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  3. Darren

    Apparently FIFA 13 is quite accurately predicting players form in Career mode. Because Podolski isn’t doing so well on mine either. He needs to be played as a Striker. Then again… lately everyone does….

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  4. Tiko

    Podolski is class

    If u see him with germany, his has sweingstiger and lahm to back him up

    Well my freinds we dont have class like sweinstiger and lahm to back him up so his usless on the wing. Remember this guy was the only reason why Koln had any chance of survival in the last two seasons and he was their CF banging in goals why can wenger use him where his streangths are e.g. Ramsey in Midefield not the bloody wing but ramsey should be loaned out cause he has just been dreadful and GEvhino pisss of to the ACON ASAP plzzz and come back injured cause i want to see arshavin given a chance like rosiky last season cause he is an amazing provider of the ball thats what grioud and podolski need

    Good balls and assists from our midfeild

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  5. Desmond

    I said it before that wenger should use podolski as a striker, wenger pls stop useing GERVINHO OR CHAMARKH as a striker we fans don’t want to see them play as a striker for arsenal let them go

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  6. apc

    play him as a centre forward. i still think hes not upto it tho. germany dont need him now eitha. reus is too good

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  7. leo

    A source: “Guardiola also has a good relationship with Wenger dating back to when he started doing his coaching badges at Arsenal Guardiola’s preference in England is Arsenal. The club are aware he’d be interested in the job in 2013.”

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  8. true goon

    If you talk to people in Germany they will tell you that Podolski has peaked he’s no longer the force he was 3 or 4 years ago,and that he couldn’t cut it at Bayern.
    They say the same about Mertesacker he is passed his peak an on the way out.
    Podolski clearly doesn’t have the pace or trickery to play on the wing, upfront would be the best place for him.But i think he would need a partner(maybe Walcott),and watching him play he seems very 1 footed,we need a complete striker who can finish with all parts of his body.

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  9. leo

    yesterday had arsenal played arshavin in place of gervinho & eisfeld for ramsey we could have had a different result now time to move on the treble is on in the board we rust

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  10. leo

    pep guardiola would be better than that over rated piece of sh*t martin o’neill can’t believe some idiots like piers morgan want him

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  11. Desmond

    Wenger pls and pls think of how to get top four pls stop useing GERVINHO RAMSEY we need ROSIKY and a good striker

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  12. leo

    If Arsene wenger has had an open check book then he has to go. If he has had limited funds then he has been overachieving us over the years

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  13. leo

    I still believe that he has been limited with funds and has pulled the rabbits out of the hat which has satisfied the board. Gotta change many ast members think the same

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  14. leo

    Stuff about Pep using Wenger as his mentor when he was at Barca B is true, rocked up at Colney a couple of times

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  15. GunnShow

    This is what Arsenal NEED to do to start winning.

    1.Play Podolski as a ST
    2.Convert Walcott to a CF
    3.Buy a Winger who CAN CROSS THE BALL and LIKES TO BE ON THE WING
    4.Get a CDM add some STEEL to the midfield so we don’t get BOSSED by BRADFORD
    5. Move Arteta back to CM
    6. Play Ramsey in CAM rather then LW (Understudy for Cazorla)
    7. Rotate Wilshere and Arteta in the CM so they don’t suffer from burnout.
    8. Recall Ryo Myachi from Wigan. We need a TRUE winger.

    So:

    ST: Podolski, Giroud & Walcott.
    LW: New winger, Gerv.
    RW: OX, Myachi, Gnabry
    CAM: Carzola, Rocisky, Arshavin, Ramsey
    CM: Arteta, Wilshere
    CDM: New DM, Diaby Coqlein
    LB: Gibbs, Meade Santos
    CB: Vermaelen, Mertersacker, Kosicely
    RB: Sanga Jenkison.

    *In order from 1st Choice to Reserve.

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  16. Bob Dylan

    Martin oneill is a no no, he may get results but he does it in the most boring fashion, i hare watching defensive teams like sunderland, so hope they get relegated

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  17. green gunner

    I’m only after watching last nights game. Had a day off so I recorded it and stayed away from media for result.

    The worst load of shit I’ve ever seen. Can’t say anymore than that. I’m too disappointed.

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  18. LP

    Thumbs up if you think John 3:16 is an attention seeking kid
    Thumbs down if you…………Oh what the hell WHO CARES!!!!!

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  19. leo

    @bob dylan well said i think wenger will saty till summer end then decide but i am more interested in jan if we can get 4-5 quality signings i still think we can change this season around

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  20. abel

    Podolski has gone to the left-wing where he is iniffective! Just open a new tab and stroll to you tube and type all podolski’s goals 2011/2012 and see finishers’ goals…smashing efforts from 30 yards and people who say podolski is slow don’t know him very well.play podolski as CF and he will come back from where he has gone

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  21. gervinho

    Oh give me a break i was played out of position, how can i play as a striker wen am not a gud finisher, but in d wing am deadly like ribery

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  22. abel

    And those who say guadiorla had a gift of a team, he made messi who he is today…messi was just a skillful winger under rijkarrd but guadiorla saw the best and brought out the beast in him. Xaxi was a world class midfielder with good play but when guadiorla came in,he averaged more passes in europe than anybody,averaged 25 assists and 12-15 goals /season therefore becoming more productive. The only player who has remained d same is iniesta.take a look at pedro rodriguez. He was about to be offloaded and he turned him to a quality winger same with busquests.they were to be offloaded b4 he joined.look at ogazun ozyakup who was sold last season he is lighting up the turkish league.he is miles better than ramsey but NO wenger chose to sell him. Guardiola will bring out the best in the players he has. Chamberlain,wilshere,eisfeld,gnabry,cazorla,ginns i know guardiola will bring out the bestest in them! Wenger resign, board out, usmanov,dein in

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  23. abel

    And those who say guadiorla had a gift of a team, he made messi who he is today…messi was just a skillful winger under rijkarrd but guadiorla saw the best and brought out the beast in him. Xaxi was a world class midfielder with good play but when guadiorla came in,he averaged more passes in europe than anybody,averaged 25 assists and 12-15 goals /season therefore becoming more productive. The only player who has remained d same is iniesta.take a look at pedro rodriguez. He was about to be offloaded and he turned him to a quality winger same with busquests.they were to be offloaded b4 he joined.look at ogazun ozyakup who was sold last season he is lighting up the turkish league.he is miles better than ramsey but NO wenger chose to sell him. Guardiola will bring out the best in the players he has. Chamberlain,wilshere,eisfeld,gnabry,cazorla,ginns i know guardiola will bring out the bestest in them! Wenger resign, board out, usmanov,dein, and pep in

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  24. Mizz

    The reason Podolski isn’t being played upfront is because his movement, for a striker, is AWEFUL. However I can’t imagine he can possibly be as bad as Gervinho upfront, bad call from Wenger to try and make someone as erratic as Gervinho into a striker. I do personally feel Wenger’s time at Arsenal is up, but the board won’t let him go as long as he is bringing in the profits. Wenger is also one of the top 3 highest paid managers in football, remember that.

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  25. Lawrence gf

    Arsenal should buy Tony woodcock

    And Raphael Meade and offer a contract to Alan Sunderland.

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  26. Desmond

    The problem is from WENGER RAMSEY GERVINHO CHAMARKH i think WENGER should be sack, but the problem is that Arsenal can not sack WENGER because of money

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  27. Vickers

    Podolski contributes very little doesn’t help out defending and doesn’t demand the ball enough (eg look at the Ox when he can on last night his crossing was terrible but he showed character by constantly wanting the ball). When Podolski does have the ball at he’s feet good defenders have him sussed because he is all left foot. Gibbs was more of an attacking threat last night

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  28. usmaNOW

    @Lawrence gf

    I wholly concur…this are desperate times and we have a desperate board!

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  29. Sank

    If pep gurdiola comes i gurantee half our team would be sold, there would be lot of promotion of youngsters and lot of transfer activity and i feel lot of quality players will be attracted to us.

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  30. Mo 2

    Didn’t get chance to post yday, Well well well where are all the ‘in Wenger we trust boys’ gone,lol, I’m from bradford I support arsenal but only as a past time and I am a realistic fan, Yesterday I was no way going to support them over my home town and wat a win a surprise no way was it a surprise or shock Arsenal are rubbish and that’s clear for all to see.
    Yesterday I witnessed with my own eyes the following facts:
    1) Arsenal fans are the worst in the country by a mile no noise whatsoever only last 2mins wen verm scored. Bores,lol
    2) Wenger is finished and needs to go.
    3) nothing personal but Ramsey and gervinho are the worst players in the history of football unbelievable shocking.
    4) Wenger cannot motivate the team.
    ) Wengers starting line up was a disgrace not letting kids who got them to quarters play going against his own policy.
    5) substitutions were too late and wrong in taking coquelin off.
    6) Ramsey by a mile was poorest player yet he takes Coquelin off first.
    It’s the best thing that can happen to arsenal I just hope for them deluded fana who pay over the odds every week to watch them play is they don’t make top 4 then u might just get a new manager becuase WENGER HAS LOST THE PLOT BUG TIME,LOL.
    Positives arsenal only have 2 w.class players jack and santi the rest are a joke.

    Over and out

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  31. usmaNOW

    Sorry mate don’t where Poldi is but…

    We the fans don’t know what the hell goes on in the board meetings and the b@stards want to make sure that we will never know, hence there is no seat on the board for Usmanov.

    The whole club has become a dark secretive organization. There are daily speculative stories coming out re Walcott that we don’t know who to believe who not to. We don’t who has the final say on players contract or who is answerable to who at the club. We don’t even know what the f@ck Gazidik does at the club???

    We were kept in dark re Fabregas,RVP,Song transfers and now Walcott.

    But than again, we the loyal fans don’t matter to this rich arrogant businessmen…all that matter to them is making money!

    KGB Mafia OUT!

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  32. dzoya

    We cant play every single player as a CF,Walcott wants it,Podolski wants it,Giroud wants it,Gervinho wants it,Chamakh wants it,we have to change our formation to 4-1(with good DM)-2-1(Cazorla)-2 and rotate strikers cuz thats the only way to play fluent cuz we dont have good wing and Arsenal isnt the type of the club to play 4-3-3

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  33. Lix

    Podolski is also not effective as the main striker. If you watch our matches carefully you will see that Gervinho always inter change their positions and he doesn’t have good movement in the attacking area hence he best as a support when Giroud is available.

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  34. John Collard

    Great player like Arshavin being played out of position. Another wasted touch of class.

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  35. Dr Dvc

    The players are no flops.Wenger is.He needs to go.He is making the players worse than they actually are.

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  36. art

    Play Podi with OG upfront, see what happens, can’t get any worse than it is!!! All the goals that Podi scores don’t come from the wing, never have. OG needs help too, can’t pull miracles, couldn’t with RVP, indefinably can’t right now. Forget about the 3 midfielders and trying to get them to score, old school, time for a change just like AV!!!

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  37. LoCkAy

    Podolski is on the wing…!!!!
    Again, another stupid tactical move from the “deluded one”

    As far as I can remember, Podolski is a striker !!!!

    As a matter Gervinho was supposed to be playing at his position and him in front…

    But Wenger, in his soporific idiotic mind, thought that he was being clever putting the other retard up front…!!

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  38. germanguns

    @Mo2 what game did you watch? I heard the gooners chanting and singing throughout the game…

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  39. germanguns

    I’ve been watching Podolski since he first played for Germany in 2004. Unfortunately, as much as he was talented (winning young player award in WC 2006) he never truly turned into the superstar striker we all expected and there is a reason he is at Arsenal now.

    He lost a bit of his pace and confidence and has been frustrating for Germany in the last years and has already lost his spot against Reus if not Götze or Schürrle. That being said, he is still a very good striker when given the chance and can deliver the ball well but he just can’t build up the play from the wings as we have already noticed time and time again. He was best when playing up front with another CF like he did with Klose for Germany before. He needs to get the ball behind the defender(volley against Montpellier) so he can either cross or finish but right now he is useless so far back on the left wing.

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  40. Mo 2

    @ German gun, I was bloody there they were rubbish, Highbury library was and still is well suited for them. Once in every half hour ‘we love you arsenal we do etc etc, bradford fans had abt 10 different songs Quality

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  41. James

    he scores when he wants. And when he wants to score he score it seems. Someone needs to make him want it. Wenger?

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  42. TITANIUM

    abramovich must be having nightmares seeing in the papers that pep guardiola wants to manage the arsenal team.. luvving it!!

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  43. Hafiz Rahman

    sadly lots of players played out of position

    Henry was a winger and was played out of position as a centre forward……

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  44. jon

    One thing would be very interesting if Pep does become our manager in the summer. Who would he sell and loan out??

    He would definitely shake up our team, which is very needed. I do think we need few players to leave and few players to come in. Our team chemistry is just horrible.

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  45. Arsenal1Again

    @Hafiz Rahman One of the wittiest comments I have seen for a long time.

    The problem with Podolski is not because he is being a left winger, it’s because he is expected to perform left full-back duties the whole game. Another major aspect of pathetic utilisation of a player is Arteta in the DM role.

    Is it not about time Wenger actually bought an out and out DM? He keeps trying to convert Attack Midfielders into a DM like Denilson, Arteta, Diaby …

    Alex Song was a centre-half who was played as a DM and told to play as an attacking midfielder.

    All our most successful seasons have been due to a DM, so why is it not addressed?

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