There have been many narratives to Arsenal’s season so far – how will Arsenal cope with Olivier Giroud as our only “real” centre-forward and can we go the distance this season?
But another story is about Lukas Podolski.
We have Nicklas Bendtner out injured, and Olivier Giroud needs resting now and then. And even if that wasn’t the case, Podolski usually plays out wide anyway, and we have Theo Walcott out for the season and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has only just returned from serious injury.
But yet Podolski can’t seem to get a game.
The German has been out himself for the best part of 3 months and now he’s come back to full fitness and we’ve got important players out for whatever reason, he still can’t get into the starting line-up.
He has a phenomenal shot on him, he scores goals and possibly more importantly, his delivery from wide positions is excellent. With him in the side, Olivier Giroud is always going to get 2 or 3 great chances to score from a cross.
So why can’t he get into the first eleven?
Against Aston Villa, we saw an annoyed Lukas Podolski on the bench when he was overlooked to replace Tomas Rosicky. Podolski is also a fans favourite and always seems to be laughing and joking with the rest of the lads. So what is going on?
From the outside, he is a dangerous player who can give a lot to the team. He also has Özil and Mertesacker playing on a regular basis so there’s the German contingent there, much like the Cazorla-Arteta-Monreal links.
I find it hard to see why he isn’t played more. Does he not press or defend as much as Arsene Wenger likes? Arsene has always talked up Podolski whenever he’s been asked about him but it seems like Serge Gnabry and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are already ahead of him in the pecking order.
Does anyone know why Lukas has been left out in the cold? Answers on a postcard please because I don’t know!