5 reasons why Lukas Podolski should be signed by Arsenal

Lukas Podolski is a Polish-born German international that has notched up 95 caps at the age of 26 and he has scored 43 goals for the national team. He broke into the FC Cologne setup in 2003 and scored 43 league goals in 81 appearances over three seasons.

FC Bayern signed the forward for €10m in 2006 but he failed to impress in his three seasons with the Bavarians, scoring 15 league goals in 71 appearances.

They say that “home is where the heart is”, so no eyebrows were raised when Podolski returned back to FC Cologne in 2009 and he has rediscovered his form at the Energie Rhein Stadium this season scoring 14 goals in 18 appearances this season.

Lukas Podolski has given Arsenal and probably any other club interested in him the “green light” by saying that he’ll prefer to move abroad. He also stated that he’ll give preference to a team playing Champions League football.

Here are five reasons why Lukas Podolski should be signed by Arsenal:

 

Perfect Cover for Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho

With Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho set to leave Arsenal to represent their nations in the 2012 African Cup of Nations, Arsenal will be in need of manpower in attack.

For some strange reason unbeknownst to Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem to feature newbie Park Chu-Young in his plans therefore signing a player like Lukas Podolski would be the ideal cover for the African duo.

A ‘Quality’ Signing Arsenal Fan Crave For

Losing key midfielders like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri was a bitter pill to swallow for Gooners worldwide but the manager responded well to sign midfielders like Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun (loan) and they have made good starts to their Arsenal careers.

Arsenal fans have been barraging the manager to make a quality signing in attack and Lukas Podolski fits the bill perfectly. With forwards like Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Pato probably beyond Arsenal’s reach; Podolski would be heralded as a quality signing should Arsenal make a move for him.

Clinical Finishing Ability

This season Arsenal has laid all its goal scoring burden on Robin van Persie and the Dutch forward has done superbly well to deliver the goals week-in week-out with 17 Premier League goals to his name already.

Arsenal’s captain played a lot of games by his standards in 2011 and the risk of a burn out or some sort of muscular injury is looming so signing a clinical striker like Lukas Podolski will ease the pressure off van Persie and he’ll be able to get deserved rest in some games.

Healthy Competition

Arsenal began the season with Robin van Persie, Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh, Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as its registered forwards before adding Park Chu-Young to the list in the tail end of August. The first three names of the aforementioned list have been synonymous with the first team this season while the others have featured sparingly for the Gunners.

Bringing in a player like Lukas Podolski would keep the likes of Gervinho and Andrey Arshavin on their toes and it could only bring better performances from each player; which is good for the team.

Squad Depth

This season, Arsenal has been ravaged by injuries especially in defense and Arsene Wenger has been forced to activate his skills in alchemy to convert Francis Coquelin, a renowned defensive midfielder to a decent full back.

However, Wenger had to resort for Coquelin after his options were exhausted at the back with an injury suffered by Thomas Vermaelen in Arsenal’s recent victory over Queens Park Rangers.

If Robin van Persie suffers an injury anytime soon, the panic button will be pressed so hard by the fans and it will probably spring out of its remote control. Signing a player like Podolski will give the fans peace of mind knowing that he’s capable enough to deputize for Arsenal’s star striker.

Summary

Arsenal recently signed Thierry Henry in a short-term loan deal that will last for two months and many skeptics believe that the Arsenal legend might be the only attacking signing the shrewd Arsene Wenger will make this winter.

I would love to see Lukas Podolski wear the sacred Red and White because his addition will certainly be a breath of fresh air and I believe that he can contribute to the club in its bid to end its trophy drought as well as to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Sayonara.

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Posted on January 5, 2012, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Transfer Gossip and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Can someone pls get this article to wenger? Honesty we need a player like podolski. He can play in both flanks and still can play as a striker and a supporting striker. Wenger pls get this guy.

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  2. If wenger sign podolski, I’m very happy. The guy is very good onfront. I pray to see @emirate.

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  3. Someone needs to get him a good boot! this is defo a player we are craving!

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  4. what else can we ask for,get podoslki,and shakiri or whteves is name is from basel and i can gurantee u tht arsenal will win the league.

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  5. you think it will happen though? how much is on podolski head? 15mil? And there has been plenty of talk about him committing to koln till the summer now! i know we have been linked to huntelaar, but surely if he hasnt made it a Madrid and AC what can he do for us? Sow another we are meant to be fighting the flids for but is he any good? lastly two week back we was linked with a striker name M. Suarez.. checked this guy out the tube and he is absolutely class! strong on the ball, finishing is amazing pure Argintine genuius and was £8mil but thats died down in recent days.. i just hope wenger doesnt go naive and wait till the end of the transfer window before bidding, cause surely from last summer he should realised by now that isnt the way to buy.

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    • Podolski would cost roughly 10m or so. Moussa Sow is another good option but Podolski will be ideal because he can play in various positions and his versatility will be key
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  6. my fellow humble gunnerz imagine d treat avin
    Podolski and RVP upfront..wid Wilshere Arteta Gervinho and wacot behind..

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  7. Yes podolski is the right person we need now to cover up for RVP shuld in case of incasity……

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  8. it will never happen.
    First Arsenal will not spend 10M for Jan.
    Fact, Arsenal will not sign him. He wil not join

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  9. podolski is just a perfert signing to be for Àrsenal if only he signs for us .

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  10. Pls go 4 him if we really want 2 qualify 4 the CL next season. Just imagine points lost to Fulham, at the white leg lane, livershit, Blackburn, wolves etc; we could have been NO.2 by now despite the injuiries some of the players are not fit to wear our jersey yet they are there taking fat wages. Pls AW no more PRIMARY SCHOOL FOOTBALLERS.

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    • You have a point Eugene. If Arsenal won those games we would have been battling with Man City for league honors.

      I hope we qualify for the Champions League though.

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  11. and he’s ours

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