It seems more a matter of a few days before a deal is concluded for one of those mooted as possible departures in the winter window.
Piero Ausilio, an official from Inter Milan, was spotted in London on Saturday, and it is believed the subject had been for talks to be held with Arsenal for the services of Lukas Podolski according to Mirror.
The German did not has not made a start in the Premier League this season, and has not even featured as a substitute in any of the last three games, doing no favours to those who would rather believe he still has a future at the Emirates.
Despite Wenger’s strong claims of the German still having a role to play in the team this season, there are strong indications that a £6m offer would suffice to bid him goodbye in January. There are several options available to us in attack this season and it has not exactly hurt or limited us that we have not played him more often. He did have a big impact in the Champions League when given the opportunity in the final minutes against Anderlecht but not many will argue against Alexis, Cazorla, Welbeck, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain and even the yet unfit Walcott all being ahead of him, never mind none of them have a World Cup medal.
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.
His huge wage package of £100,000 could still prove a stumble for a club looking to manage their wage bill and with one of Sanogo or Campbell almost certain t go out on loan, It is not entirely certain that Wenger would easily get rid of Podolski even if it means a heavy load 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.
£6m would go some way to make whatever we already have stashed for business in the coming weeks more weighty.
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