Now Podolski really CAN play his part for Arsenal

I was hoping that the Arsenal and Germany international forward Lukas Podolski was given a good run out by his national coach Joachim Low tonight, as the World Cup holders play host to Republic of Ireland in a Euro qualifying group. But now I am not so sure.

The way that our luck with injuries is going at the minute, I would rather that Podolski is not used at all. The reason for my change of mind is that the growing injury list that now includes Tomas Rosicky and Mesut Ozil means that the statement by Arsene Wenger reported by Sky Sports the other day will now almost certainly come true.

The Frenchman was talking about the German striker’s frustration at his lack of playing time but he assured us that Podolski was a part of his plans. And as long as the prolific 29-year old, who is still the best finisher of chances that we have at Arsenal, returns to north London in a fit condition, I can see him starting against Hull City on Saturday.

Wenger said, “It is quite simple, there is no transfer market at the moment. When there is no transfer market, you are all on board – or not on board. It is like that.

“This is a job where you can only be successful if you’re fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all.

“We are all on board to get results, and Podolski will be part of that.”

The important thing now is for Podolski to take this chance that he has been waiting for. After Hull, the Gunners have away games with Anderlecht and Sunderland and then home ties with Burnley and the Belgians again before a trip to Swansea. And these six games give the striker the perfect platform to score some goals and show Wenger that he is a valuable player for Arsenal. But will he?

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  1. RWRW says:

    Not sure whats worse: The Injuries we have or having to rely on Podolski the ghost

    1. muffdiver says:

      mans just collecting his 100k a week wages now for bench-life – from cologne to compton the prince is getting his money.

  2. Greg says:

    Lukas “prince” podolski is one of our best finishers no doubt, but seems to have gone off the boil! I just wish he can return to his best form and start banging in the goals, and stake a claim for himself! Coyg!

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      Of course he has gone of the boil his hardly been played 🙂

      1. Gigi2 says:

        still cant understand wengers call about Poldi, he is class, he really is, his stats are the best.
        and when he gets in with 10 mins to go…well, thats wenger with his late sbs, he could really work on trying to be more flexible in that front (ok ok and other fronts)

        1. Sumo says:

          Poldi, he is class, he really is, his stats are the best.

          Really Gigi?

          1. Gigi2 says:

            yep Sumo,
            check them (the stats)
            or ask any Argentine hahahah

  3. ger burke says:

    hahahahahahaha , all of our players should be full internationals . oh wait !!!! , maybe they should not be played after all . we want our players to be reckonised by their countries , but lets not have them on the pitch fellas , they might get hurt or bruised or maybe eve tackl
    ed . our poor prima donnas ,what next , will they be expected to actually play a full game , oh nooooooooooooooooooooooo. you are so pathetic , this site is so sh*te. maybe they will even have to work up a sweat for one hundred grand a week , heaven forbid , wheres the cotton wooooooooollll , lol.

  4. Andrew AFC says:

    I go back to my old argument. Strikers need confidence to hit top form and they old get that with playing time. For some reason Wenger doesn’t want to play Podolski and it’s not because of his conversion rate.

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      ONLY 🙂

  5. Goonsquad8 says:

    I’m gonna scout carvalho right now boys. Then I’ll put in a call to wenger

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      While you are doing that scout a LW and two CB’S please 🙂

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        Sanchez is our LW!
        But I’ll work on those cb’s

        1. Andrew AFC says:

          Oh dear, I forgot about Campbell a left footed player that could play on the left wing. Wenger please go back to basics and play left footed players on the left and right footed players on the right.

          Cazorla through the middle because he can use both 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Sumo says:

    Last year Poldi was out injured for a long time at the beginning of the season. But he came good and scored a few important ones. Hope he does the same.

    But the player I’m most looking forward to play is Theo Walcott.

    1. davidnz says:

      I am just hoping Theo
      has recovered as he had
      a big big injury. I am kinda
      hoping its not an injury which
      will recur easily.

  7. Goonsquad8 says:

    Last year I said poldi was our ace in the hole when he comes back from injury and I got laughed at and thumbed down. I hope poldi ca do the same

  8. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    We will never win the epl under Wenger. We might as well cut our losses now and appoint a new Manager if he’ll come. Klopp is the only one for now who could give Jose Mourhino a run for his money!

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      What about Low?

  9. Andrew AFC says:

    AFC needs to be more open with the fans. If you are working to a plan please lets us know. If you haven’t got one YOUR FIRED 🙂

    1. davidnz says:

      There is no secret.
      The plan is top 4.
      It is the realistic option until
      FFP kicks in.
      Good players not great players.
      One 30 mill player bought each summer
      Wages between 70 -100k p/w for the majority
      and 3-4 at 130 – 150 k.

      1. Andrew AFC says:

        How about pay as your played. We have to work hard to go to a game, so why shouldn’t the players.

        1. davidnz says:

          A very good idea Andrew.
          Top league wages are
          obscene I agree.
          1k pw for 90 minutes running
          around should be enough 🙂

          1. Andrew AFC says:

            Know that’s FFP 🙂

      2. davidnz says:

        Even with massive spending
        most teams don’t win anything.
        Chelsea last season and City the
        season before Barcelona last season
        and Real Madrid the season before.
        Winning leagues let alone the ECL is a fantasy
        which only a miniscule number can ever achieve.

  10. JAmerican says:

    If Podolski still doesn’t feature with all our current injuries then I’m convinced he will be sold. He doesn’t help his case out either when given the opportunity…

  11. Andrew AFC says:

    Podolski needs to be played up front and Ozil needs to be played through the middle. They are both German internationals but how many times have we seen them play in their best positions together.

  12. Ks-Gunner says:

    Poldi is finished, its a pity. He was doing very good but the favorisem killed him off. In January he will be deff off. And after that ppl should not complain about Arsenal not having players who play with heart.

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      I agree

  13. Andrew AFC says:

    Sorry if I am carrying on. If you buy a player in a position we need and don’t play him in it, you need to be sacked for incompetence.

  14. NY_Gunner says:

    He was invisible for Germany tonight. Same as when he plays for us…

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      And thats what you get when you don’t give players playing time.

      How are you good I hope.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @Andrew AFC
        I’m good Bro , thanks. hope all is well with you and yours.
        I think he’s had some good moments for us. And I never had a problem with him. And yeah, I think he should have been played more. But AW has been sacrificing some for others. Something that pizz’s me off about him.
        Poldi should have been used as an impact sub. Because when he starts for us he always goes missing in games.

        1. Andrew AFC says:

          I am good thanks. I just wish we had kicked on from the invincibles but for some season that didn’t happen.

  15. Ks-Gunner says:

    Arsenal fans logic- Its not fair to him, player x should get a chance to prove himself.
    Aks’s logic- Wenger is not using him, therefore he is not good enough.

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      I mean Akb’s but Aks suits this group also very nice. Arsene knows Sh*t, loool

  16. Ks-Gunner says:

    Wenger should consider the old 4-4-2 formation.

    Chambers-Potato head- Boss- Gibbs

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      How about 3-5-2, because we need to look after our defenders as we have not got enough cover and need to look after them.

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