Players will move in both directions of the Emirates gate in the coming transfer window and it appears it will be in the exit first, as there are reports that Inter Milan have agreed personal terms with want-away striker Lukas Podolski according to reports.
Despite flashes of impressions made at Anderlecht and Galatasaray, Wenger has not seen enough of the World Cup winner hand him a start in a very important game, especially in the League where he has managed barely an hour of football if you summed up his substitute appearances. Podli is sickened by his relegation to the bench and is believed to be ready to move on in the winter, and after several open confessions of frustration, it would not come as a massive surprise to know he is talking terms with some clubs out there.
Wenger has been spoilt for choice in attack this season, in stark comparison to last summer when we had to rely heavily on Giroud, and Podolski as well. He made quite a good start to his Arsenal career, playing on that wide left position but has never really done enough as an out-and-out Number 9. With Welbeck and Alexis now added to the ranks, and Walcott, Ozil and Cazorla still in the battle for places, it is hard not to say that the 29-year old German would have to be the unlucky man to look on.
The stats prove he is the club’s best finisher, and indeed the best in the Champions League since he arrived Arsenal, in terms of the rate of shots conversion. An input against Galatasaray which consisted of hardwork in tackling and winning the ball back, was maybe a point to prove to all who doubted his work rate but two games have since passed without him getting a start.
It is not certain that Wenger would easily get rid of Podolski even if it means a heavy #100,000 package will be chalked off the wage budget. The FA Cup defence begins in January and squad rotation will be very essential to keep us firing on all available fronts. He’s made much effort to identify with the player’s discontent but not giving him game time will continue to make those kind words of sympathy appear null.
Maybe the fee, which may not be up to the #12m paid to Cologne for him in 2012, could help us build a sturdy bid for some top class defender or defensive midfielder out there. Maybe it could help us take Yann M’Vila from Inter for the rest of the season. That’ll be a difficult one, though, as the Frenchman is actually just on loan at the San Siro from Rubin Kazan.
One of Sanogo, Campbell or Podolski, look set to leave, and you won’t win much for a Christmas turkey, if your bet was on the German.
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