In the second half of the season, many Arsenal fans were clamouring for Lukas Podolski to be given more time on the pitch, then when he was finally reinstated to the starting XI, the calls started for him to be given the chance to replace Giroud as the out-and-out centre-forward.
Now the fans have finally got what they want but, but after two matches as the main striker, suddenly Podolski is making Giroud seem like he is a natural goalscorer! So the experiment doesn’t seem to have worked and Arsenal are struggling to score goals again. Many pundits have been trying to excyuse Podolski with the rumours that he is set to have some surgery on his ankle in the close season, but Wenger denies that and has vowed to give Podolski time to develop in the central role.
The manager said after yesterday’s match against QPR: “He has no injury problem. It’s only his second game now up front. We have to give him a bit of time.”
This follows on from Wenger’s comments after Podolski seemed to flop in last weeks game, when he said: “He was a little bit rusty [against Manchester United] because he had not played a lot. I believe it is his best position maybe because on the flanks he needs to work so hard and he’s more a finisher than anyone else in the team. Him and Theo are two finishers.
Despite the German being played at Number Nine in those two games, it was Theo Walcott himself who scored the only goal in both games, bringing his total for the season to an impressive 20 goals. Perhaps it really is time to give the Englishman the chance to play in the centre?
There are only two more (extremely crucial) games to go, so is it wise to stick with Podolski considering his performances in the last two games?