He’s not showing signs of improvement; it doesn’t look like he’s getting into the team any time soon. He’s spoken about “blood”, “streets” and “solutions”, not exactly football-related terms but allusions to discontentment, the lamentations of a player with a hand on the exit knob.
Poldi is on his way out, and should be allowed to leave – sooner, than later.
The German International – Lukas Podolski was called upon by Wenger in the second half against Chelsea to do something Alexis could not do for the best part of 70 minutes. Given his overall play in his previous games this season, even the League Cup defeat at home to Southampton where he played the whole game, you’d be a real believer to have expected anything special from the substitute. Chamberlain and Rosciky came in and made good movements, running at the Chelsea opposition but there was nothing from Podolski. Left, right or center, you just don’t know where he fits in the most.
In a word, there is none. We’ve had some fun being with him, but it appears it’s time to move on.
Podolski himself has expressed his discontent at not having the opportunity to play on a more regular basis, having made just the one start this season, with 5 lackluster sub appearances. As “a full blooded, street player”, Poldi feels he needs to play more regularly which may see him seek solutions elsewhere if the situation shows no signs of improvement at the Emirates. Rumours during the August window had linked Podolski with an exit from London, with the likes of Juventus being mentioned as a potential destination.
Wenger was quick to dismiss such suggestions, especially in the wake of the demand for strikers in the team, stating that the German International was in his consideration, one of the many strikers in his team, and was, hence, very much part of his plans.
But if Juventus are serious about the player, and present some good cash, it’s a no-brainer not to grab both cash and hands.
In truth, his best season was his first, in which he scored very many goals, and assisted a lot too. He is easily one of the players who keep the dressing room lively and so the team spirit which has seen brought about a flourishing togetherness between the players could be attributed to him in part. He’s also identified very much with the fans, while his tweetography reveals a passionate Gooner. Yet, he’s a footballer and must do all his talking on the pitch, helping the team win games, scoring or making them.
At the moment, even the tweets have been cupped in a cyst while the showing on the pitch has not got better. You wonder if January won’t be a perfect time to say goodbye, especially if other Germans in Marco Reus of Julian Draxler are available – more than perfect replacements for the waning 29-year old Podolski.
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