The two Arsenal players that came in for the most criticism from the Capital One Cup defeat by Southampton on Tuesday were Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski. Both players were below par but I think we were more disappointed by them because we expect much better from them, especially as they were the old guard and should have led the way for the youngsters.
But let’s not condemn them just yet Gooners and I am going to focus on the German striker. After all, Podolski has seen very little action yet this season, just two sub appearances totalling 27 minutes in the Premier League. Don’t forget that Podolski was a World Cup winner with Germany this summer, even though he did not play all that much.
The same things Arsene Wenger was saying about Mesut Ozil taking time to get over Brazil, both mentally and physically can also be said of Podolski. And he has not had the playing time that Ozil has had to get match fit and sharp. He did at least get a good run out in the cup and that should really help.
People forget that the 29-year old forward was impressive for the Gunners last season despite suffering a long term injury early on. His stats per 90 minutes were great and he scored some crucial goals for us, including three from four FA cup games to help Arsenal break the trophy drought. Give him a chance and he will do so again.
I expect Wenger to start with Cazorla or Chamberlain on the left tomorrow, but would not be surprised to see Podolski come on, especially if we need a goal. So come on Arsenal fans, give him the same chance we gave to Ozil.