Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamman declared that Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is gunning for the wrong striker and that Podolski’s fee is outrageous for a striker who only proved he has any skill at all when he was playing for small clubs.
According to the former Germany international, Podolski can only prove his skills when he’s the most important player in a team and that the striker proved that during his time at Bayern Munich. Hamman seems to think that it’s outrageous for Wenger to pay that much for this kind of player.
“Podolski is obviously a very good player because he has shown it for a number of years in the [German] national team. He’s scored a lot of goals for them but the only thing is that most of his form, or all of his best form, is in the national team.
“He went to Bayern Munich a few years ago, he couldn’t really make a breakthrough there, and obviously he’s back in his home town of Köln where he is loved, where he’s their main player and he blossoms.
“He’s scored a lot of goals this year but again, the one time he played for a big club, at Bayern, he didn’t really cut it.
“It’s always different to play at a big club because you’re one of many and at Köln he’s their main player. He’s scored more goals this season than the rest of the team combined.
“I just thought that with his failure to make an impact at Bayern Munich, I wasn’t sure whether he was the right player for Arsenal.
“Obviously Arsene Wenger would have scouted him over the last few months or years. He is undoubtedly a very good player but whether he fits into Arsenal – I’m not sure.
“I think £10million is a lot of money for a player who has not made it at a big club with the one chance he has had. He’s very similar to van Persie.
What’s your take on this? Is Podolski really a bad investment for Arsene Wenger? We have to admit that he’s right about the part where the striker was not that good at Bayern, but was it really his fault or did he simply fail to adjust in Munchen?