Arsenal’s German forward Lukas Podolski has given an indication that his future might lie away from the Emirates stadium. The German international had a limited role in the first team last season and things haven’t fared any better for him this season. In the summer, rumors were rife that he might leave as Wenger was ready to sanction his sale. The sudden long term injury to Giroud who was the club’s only central forward put paid to that possibility as Wenger ruled out the exit of both him and impressive youngster Joel Campbell.
The summer window ended with Arsenal signing another foward Danny Welbeck with Podolski’s run of irregular first team football persisting. Not only does he not get to start games, in recent games, he has not even been coming off the bench. This must be frustration and the experienced German forward has voiced out his frustration about the lack of playing time, subtly threatening to leave if his situation doesn’t improve.
“I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition,” the 29-year-old told RTL television. “If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur.”
It seems Podolski is ready to take his footballing life in his hands. While I won’t berate him for engineering a move away, I would also not totally blame Wenger for not giving him too many chances. The job of a manager is to ensure the success of his team while making sure he is in the plans of the manager is the total responsibility of a player. Podolski might not have had too many opportunities but he has had enough to give Wenger selection dilemma if he had taken them. Often times he is brought in from the bench to try and influence the game but he goes anonymous. Against Southampton, he was Arsenal’s worst player despite been one of the most experienced.
He wants to play as a central striker but lacks the movement to do so. He also loathes playing on the wings because he doesn’t want to carry out defensive duties. From the look of things, it is clear he doesn’t fit in at the new look Arsenal and would be in the interest of both parties if he moves on. He is a nice personality to have in the dressing room but if Eboue could be allowed to move on, nothing should stop him.
Reports are linking him with a return to the Bundesliga with Dortmund. That could be a good one as he could be used by Arsenal as a perfect bait to get long term target Marco Reus. Marco Reus would be a biog upgrade to Podolski as he is younger, more versatile and can be moulded into that central striker.