I am delighted to welcome my friend and long-time Arsenal debating partner Awolowo Olumide to 1ND2OU. A young (23) Nigerian writer who works with Lovethisport.com and a sports analyst on Channels Television, a locally based TV station. He is a massive fan of The Arsenal like so many of his countrymen. At a time when my consistent support of Podolski is wavering slightly this piece may restore my faith and yours……
The quartet of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil are all currently plagued with different sorts of injuries, which basically means the Gunners are light in numbers. Contrary to the past, this however doesn’t translate to disaster in the coming games, due to the availability of a player who’s keen to impress in a World Cup year – Lukas Podolski. A ruthless forward, the 28-year old German is capable of hurting any side if he has the faintest of sights at goal.
Despite beginning his Arsenal career on the front foot, netting 9 times in his 1st 4 months in England, Podolski has found himself on the periphery of things since the second half of last season, with Gunners’ boss, Arsene Wenger placing much emphasis on an attacking balance, by deploying a creative midfielder out wide. However, in the last few weeks we’ve seen Arsene give Podolski more game time, with the ex-Cologne man starting five times in the past month, scoring twice. His return in all competitions so far this season has also been nothing short of impressive. The former Bayern Munich striker has bagged 7 goals in 15 games, averaging a goal in every two games; a decent return for any “inside forward”. With the Gunners set to be involved in at least 11 more games this season, the German looks on course to reach double figures in less than 15 starts. That would be immense.
Excellent Chemistry with Santi and Mesut.
In the early days of his Arsenal career, we saw a string of superb combinations between Cazorla and Podolski, with the 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield the perfect example of the duo’s understanding. Olivier Giroud wasn’t left out of the act either, as he assisted the German on a couple of occasions, while also profiting from the precise crosses and square plays from the Arsenal no.9. It now seems like the perfect time to rejuvenate the impressive chemistry this trio conjured in their 1st season at the Emirates. This is also perhaps the first time in quite a while, where all three are enjoying a good run of form. They’ve contributed 6 goals and 3 assists in the last four weeks, and if the performances of Podolski and Cazorla in the 1-1 draw with Bayern in Munich are anything to go by, then it makes absolute sense to engage the duo more. More so, with the added rich vein of form of fellow Arsenal midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, there’s every reason to be optimistic as a Gunner, heading to what a cross-section of the media have described as an impossible run-in for the North-London outfit.
Needs Support To Get Into The Ashburton Groove.
Perhaps the most salient reason why Podolski should be involved preferably from the start of games is his tendency to drift out of matches when not properly supported, while he also often takes time to get into the thick of things. Unlike his skillful teammates such as Ozil, Cazorla, Rosicky, Ramsey, Wilshere and Chamberlain who possess the guile and craft to create chances, the German relies on being given space to exploit, largely due to the fact that he’s a massive counter attacking threat. Arsene Wenger thus, might have to set up his team to suit Podolski and play to the German’s strengths, by looking to release him as much as possible in games. This would be much more effective if tried from the start of games, as it would afford “Poldi” the opportunity to get into the grove as quickly and often as possible.
Keeps All Parties Happy.
It doesn’t take a genius’ brain to realise how much fun and happiness Podolski has brought with him, to the Arsenal dressing room. His smile, positive attitude and friendly character has made him a fan favourite. This is enough reason to keep the German international at the club; to influence the young ones coming through, while also helping the club to keep on building a strong German core in and around the Emirates. More so, a regular run in the side along with his consistent productivity could open the door for the German to stake a claim and convince his national team manager, Joachim Leow that he deserves to be part of the manager’s 23-man party at this summer’s global showpiece in Brazil.
At a time where the depth of the team has been put into the spotlight, there’s no better time to prove to observers that the Gunners have an edge over previous seasons. It could be recalled that Arsenal were dealt a major blow when the club’s previous no9, Eduardo Da Silva picked up a career threatening injury at a crucial time in the season, which ultimately led to the demise of the Gunners’ hunt for glory that year. It therefore looks all set up for the Polish-born forward, who now wears the same jersey number these days, to completely erase the disturbing memories that still linger from the Croatian’s unfortunate mishap. Arguably the most clinical finisher in the squad since Eduardo, Lukas Podolski now finds himself in a position where he can take advantage of the growing number of injuries sustained by his team mates and give the Gunners reasons to celebrate, come May 2014.
Thanks my friend
Faith restored and money on for Poldi to score v Spurs. I am in the mood for a song:[youtube.com/watch?v=ho9QpMNYC9k 100% 250]
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