It’s almost become an expectation for Arsenal to lose our star player of the last season in the transfer period. It’s happened for the last few years with Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie, and then even before that in Henry, Vieira and Hleb. This season it looked to be different, however interest is reportedly growing in our German International striker Lukas Podolski.
Now firstly, in my point of view, Podolski is in no way our best player. He’s one of the better players and ‘big name’ players at the club, but by no means is he the best player at Arsenal. Podolski, who has already been linked with several clubs in Italy, now seems to be gathering interest from his homeland, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly interested in the 27 year old, with the Champions League runner up set lose to lose their main man Robert Lewandowski to the Champion’s League winners and German rivals Bayern Munich. If Dortmund were asking for a swap deal then we would be talking!
Podolski has already stated that he wishes to remain with Arsenal next season after joining the Gunners just last year for around £10 million. Podolski personally feels he had a relatively good season with the club scoring 16 goals and getting 11 assists in 42 appearances for Arsenal. I would both agree and disagree with this. I feel that the stats are average and I honestly expected more from the German International. However, considering that it was his first season in England and he played on the wing for the majority of the time, as well as considering he rarely completed more than 60 minutes a game, I suppose the stats aren’t that bad. They should get better next season.
The thing I am worried about however is his work rate and ethic. On the wing he is fantastic at going back and helping Monreal or Gibbs in defence and we cannot praise him enough for his overall work for the team in this aspect, however an issue with this is he can sometimes go missing from games attacking wise. On the flanks its relatively easy to recover and cooperate in attack, but when he was seen playing in the central striking role a few times during the season, he would often go missing from games because he was too far back on the pitch, in a midfielder’s role at times.
Overall my opinion hasn’t really changed on Podolski. I think he can be fantastic player; I’m just yet to really see anything amazingly special from him. Perhaps he wasn’t meant to reach the heights I expected him to at Arsenal, but next year we will know for sure.