It is certainly not the best of times for two of Arsenal’s German contingents. The Gunners boast a big pool of German players a la Mertesacker, Ozil, Podolski, Gnabry and Zelalem. The duo of Ozil and Podolski have not had things going their way this season.
Ozil has been playing regularly but have been failing to churn out impressive performances. He has been accused of not giving enough on the field while some has argued that his seeming tepid display is down to him been played out of position on the left wing instead of his natural position which is the central attacking midfield position or the playmaking role.
As for Podolski, he has been finding it hard to get on the field. So far this season, he has only started just a competitive match and it was the Capital One Cup game against Southampton. The lack of regular first team football has forced him to reveal that he could consider his stay at North London if his playing fortunes don’t improve.
Wenger has thrown his weight behind both players. While defending Ozil by saying he has been playing well, he ruled out the chance of Podolski leaving by saying that the transfer window was closed and the former Koln striker remains firmly part of his plans.
On Joachim Low’s part, he seems unconcerned as he believes both players are doing well and would be ready to fly the flag of the German team in the qualifiers for the Euro 2016 tournament.
Speaking to German channel Sport1: “Mesut is on the right track, he had recently really strong performances for Arsenal.”
On Podolski, he added: Mesut is on the right track, he had recently really strong performances for Arsenal.”
These words of comfort coming from Low would be quite encouraging for both players. Hopefully, it would help Ozil improve his game and also encourage Podolski to fight more for his place in the team. With Sanchez and Welbeck, it seems difficult to get into the first team but a player with over `100 German caps must know what competition is and how to fight it. Let’s hope he brings that to play at Arsenal. Competition would only bring out the best in the players and help Arsenal achieve their goals.