Mertesacker Believes That The New Signings Need Time To Settle by AM
Per Mertesacker has conceded in an interview to Daily Mirror that Lukas Podolski and the new signings did struggle to be on the same page at times, but he is also hopeful of the fact that the German International will score freely once he settles down. Mertesacker said –
‘We saw a lot of misunderstandings against Sunderland, especially in the first half. One guy wanted the one-two, the other in behind.
‘So we need a bit of time, especially with the new players, but I think it is coming.
‘It was tough for Podolski because it was his first game up front. But he will get used to the game, switch on quickly and score a lot for us.’
It is to be noted that Podolski was played in a central role, which is interesting considering the fact that the former FC Koln player has played most of his career in a wide forward role. For Germany and Koln, Podolski started on the left. It might be due to the fact that Wenger didn’t want to start Giroud, as the center forward has just returned from international duty.
It would be interesting to see the team composition when both Podolski and Giroud start together. Then it would most likely be that Giroud would start upfront, Podolski on the left with Gervinho/Walcott/Chamberlain on the right. It seems highly unlikely that Podolski would continue in his central role.