Lukas Podolski joined Arsenal in the summer, and gave the Gunners a great boost of confidence. A German international with over 100 caps and 44 goals for his country was a great acquisition for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board. At 27-years old, Arsenal should be getting the best years out of Podolski and, at first, that seemed to be coming true.
The German scored Arsenal’s first goal of the season against Liverpool leading to our first win, and things were looking good, but he has drifted further and further out of games and might as well not have been on the pitch last night. I know he has supposed to have been suffering with a virus, but if he was fit enough to start, he should have been fit enough to have an effect for Arsenal.
Podolski has stated his desire to be given a chance as a central striker, and Wenger has not obliged. Perhaps this is the reason for his poor form, but it should not be a reason. He is playing in the same position he occupied when he first arrived and he was much better then. If he wants to prove to Wenger that he deserves a chance he needs to put in better performances. I must say, however, that he should have been the striker last night rather than Gervinho. Two games in a row the Ivorian has missed a sitter from just yards out, unbelievably bad.
If Podolski is suffering a crisis of confidence because of his and Arsenal’s poor form, I can understand. He should have the experience to snap out of it, though. Jack Wilshere was not having the best of games in the first half last night, uncharacteristically giving the ball away, but the young man showed his determination and rolled his sleeves up, got on with his job and ended up being the best player on the pitch.
We need you, Lukas, use the force and snap out of it!