Striker told to pack his bags and leave Arsenal

Most Arsenal fans are agreed on the idea that Arsene Wenger should have a top quality striker on his transfer wish list for this summer window, but your guess is as good as mine as to whether the Frenchman agrees. The boss has certainly not made any moves for Arsenal in that direction yet.

Despite Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the Colombian international Jackson Martinez, there is no evidence that we made any attempt to sign him before he agreed a transfer to Atletico Madrid last week. Maybe one reason for Wenger to be keeping his powder dry on this is that the Gunners already have too many strikers in the squad.

Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski all finished last season out on loan and all are unlikely to feature in the first team again this time around. So the ESPN report telling how the manager of the Germany international team Joachim Low has told Podolski in no uncertain terms that he needs to find a new club where he will play regular games.

With the World Cup winners planning to add the Euro 2016 trophy to that next summer, Podolski will be hoping for a place in the team but Low’s words mean that he will probably not even make the squad if he sees out the last year of his contract with the Gunners.

The German boss said, “I want him to play at least 30 to 40 matches next season. If he comes on as ‘joker’ [impact player] in some of those matches it does not matter. He needs to play.

“Two years without regular match practice would not be a good basis for entering the European Championship.

“He should not take things as they come — he should approach Wenger to get to know where he stands. What are Wenger’s plans for him? If Wenger sees him as a substitute, Lukas needs to consider whether he wants to be that.”

I think we all know how Wenger sees Podolski and so hopefully the striker will accept that he must move on. Maybe then we will see Arsenal sign the striker we need. What do you think will happen with our front line?

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    1. Need to do more than just finish to play for Arsenal I’m afraid. Otherwise we could probably still throw Henry and Bergkamp onto the pitch again.

  1. Absolutely clueless as to what will happen with Arsenal for the rest of the transfer window. I thought we would go for Cech. I didn’t think Chelsea would sell to us, but I thought we’d go for him nonetheless. Other than that. No clue who the club is interested in, or even might be interested in.

    I know who I’d like us to sign, what I’d like us to sign, but more first team signings would presumably mean some first team departures. Not players like Campbell, Podolski or Sanogo, actual first team players. That doesn’t seem to be happening.. Patience is key I guess, but there doesn’t seem a lot going on beyond Petr Cech.

  2. Love Podolski’s personality, enthusiasm and of course his finishing. However, he, Sanogo and Campbell must go now.
    They are not enough quality for us. Podolski is past it and Sanogo & Campbell have not improved that much.

    We could get approximately £15-17 million for those three strikers. And free up wages. This can be used towards getting a new top striker.

    Also, Flamini needs to go.

    It’s best to get rid of players who are not good enough and who are surplus to our needs and get a DM and top striker to join Cech.

    Only three players minimum needed this summer. 1 down and two to go.

  3. If we can get ibrahimovic on loan, or go all the way for reus, and finalize Vidal transfer, them the window is done for me,

  4. Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo, Flamini, Rosicky, Arteta are all surplus to requirements. I think Arsene wants to keep Arteta as a stabilizing force in the dressing room, but we must let all the others go, specially Rosicky for his sake, so he can play some games in his twilight years. We should be able to get 15-20M for these guys and that plus wage savings could bring in Vidal to help boss the midfield.
    Imagine a spine of:
    Cech – Koscielny – Vidal – Cazorla – Ozil -Sanchez.
    With Theo – Ox – Ramsey – Wilshire – Coq – Welbeck all pushing to get in there.
    Barring major injuries – this is beginning to look like the real thing

    1. Apart from not thinking that we need Vidal, I think you make a lot of good points. I wouldn’t be unhappy to see any of the listed players leaving.

      Good post, man.

  5. Sorry they didnt make the cut, my best wishes to them! But life goes on and so does arsenal fc!

  6. You know,it really is sad seeing podolski leaving…he has so much passion and loves the club..he might be crazy but atleast he is crazy for the…with the strikers we have currently…I don’t see podolski in the substitute bench even…and frankly he deserves better than that…yes!he is a good finisher with one of the deadliest left foot av ever seen but we all have to agree that he is also lazy and doesn’t do much defensive work and this has cost us points in the past..with welbeck,sanogo,Giroud,sanchez,walcott in d team I think we av enough strikers to cover for him when he leaves..and so we say ‘GOODBYE’ podolski…a true gunner faithful!…I wish you all the best in finding a good club.

  7. I just love poldim wold be sad to see him go.
    I remember that Romario was kinda line that o baixinho….deadly but lazy defensively ot that didn’t want to train or something….yet a legend

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