If I was given the choice as to which of the two strikers I would rather have in the Arsenal side, I would go for the Germany international Lukas Podolski without a moment’s hesitation. So maybe the title is a little harsh on the World Cup winner, but his current situation does remind me a lot of the long running saga we had before finally getting rid of the self proclaimed king of football, Lord Nicklas Bendtner.
As reported by The Daily Star, Podolski has not had his loan spell with Inter Milan made permanent and that is hardly a surprise after managing just a single goal. And as well as the Turkish club Galatasaray confirming that they would not be trying to sign him this summer, the player himself has poured cold water on recent rumours linking him with a return to the Bundesliga to play for Werder Bremen.
Podolski said, “There’s bound to be speculation in the coming weeks, but at the moment it looks like I will be going back to London.
“Things can always change, but if needs be I will remain at Arsenal next season.
“They are a great club and I think I can help them. I can confirm there has been no interest from Werder Bremen.
“You can take experience from everywhere you play abroad, even if it was not my best year from a sporting perspective.
“But I still have many years ahead of me and a burning desire to play football.”
That is the sort of thing that Bendtner used to say as well but he also kept turning down the chance to sign for another club as he was collecting a nice fat pay check from Arsenal. Podolski is apparently one of the biggest earners in the Arsenal squad, so I wonder if we are going to find it just as difficult to move the German on while he still has a year left on his contract.
Or do you think that Wenger should bring him back as a back up striker?