There definitely seems to be something fishy about the reports coming out of Arsenal about Lukas Podolski’s indifferent performances lately. It all started a couple of months ago when Wenger left the German international on the bench for a while. Nothing appeared on the Arsenal injury list, but shortly after Podolski tweeted that he had a problem with his ankle but he expected to return soon.
Now it seems to have happened again. Podolski has been given the centre-forward role ahead during Giroud’s enforced absence, and again he didn’t seem to be up to speed and was lacking his usual prowess, but after the game, Wenger again just said it was because he was not used to playing in that position.
The manager said: “He has no injury problem. It’s only his second game now up front. We have to give him a bit of time.”
Okay fair enough, but just 24 hours later, Podolski has again contradicted his manager, and suggested that he could recover with some rest from the game, but didn’t think he would need surgery. The Pod said: “I have small problems with the ankle, but I do not think post-season surgery is necessary. After the season I’ll decide together with the doctors and physiotherapists, what’s best for my health.”
This is all very confusing, and I would dare to suggest that Pod and the manager have a slight disagreement on this matter! But who is telling the truth?