Arsenal messed up with Podolski by DN
You will not find too many Arsenal fans out there who have taken the news that the Germany international Lukas Podolski has completed his transfer to the Turkish champions Galatasaray with anything more than a shrug of the shoulders.
It is a sad end to the Arsenal career of this striker that we were all so excited about signing three years ago. It is much more of a whimper than the bang the Podolski has enjoyed for most of his life on the football pitch. Do not forget that the 30-year old has amassed an amazing 125 international caps for one of the strongest sides in the world and that he is just two goals shy of the magical 50 mark.
So I cannot help but wonder what went wrong and, to be honest, I have a strong suspicion that a large part of the blame lies at the feet of Arsene Wenger. Although us fans are not too bothered about seeing him leave now, for most of his time at the Emirates we were left scratching our heads and wondering why the German was hardly getting any time on the pitch.
When he did play, Podolski often came up with one of his trademark left footed scorchers, but as Wenger continued to show no faith in the forward, his confidence and fitness ebbed away. I do not blame him in the slightest for moving on and I hope he finds success in Turkey but I think that Arsenal could have made so much more of this exceptional talent. Don´t you agree?