Podolski needs to improve this season to be regular Arsenal starter

When Lukas Podolski joined Arsenal last season, we thought he would be a fantastic signing playing alongside Van Persie and Walcott; however as we all know Van Persie then left for Premier League rivals Manchester United and Podolski never seemed to really flourish.

Of course understanding many factors contribute to why Podolski perhaps didn’t live up to be the player we all expected, but if we are to compete at the highest level then our German International definitely needs to step up in my opinion.

Admittedly it was his first season in England and he rarely played the full 90 minutes due to fitness issues however it doesn’t take away the fact that in terms of the player we expected his return was fairly poor.

Many say 11 Premier League goals in 33 league appearances isn’t too bad for a winger, who rarely completes a game and I would agree with that argument however I feel he can offer much more than the clear 1 goal every 3 games on average. Podolski is certainly talented and at the age of 28 he should probably be in his prime, we need to maximise his ability and although we often witness him pulling an effort up and down the wing for 60 minutes, he needs to work on his attacking work. He could really be a key player towards a title challenge but it just doesn’t seem to work for him out for him and if he’s not careful I think Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could have a real shout for that right winger position next season.

Quite simply I’m not slating our German International at all. Bringing out the facts you must be a good player to have 100+ caps for your national team, especially when it’s Germany and so his quality is there. It’s just several things like fitness and consistency that let him down and without trying to sound over critical Podolski really needs to improve next season if he is to maintain his spot in the team as well as help Arsenal hopefully push on for trophies.

Chamberlain looking for a more central role at Arsenal

The centre of midfield for OX?

Arsenal star and England International Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has told the media that although he wishes to play in his favoured midfield position, he is happy to play anywhere on the pitch to help out the team.

Chamberlain stated; “It’s not really for me to say (where I play) at this stage. I need to make sure, whether I’m asked to play in the middle or out wide, that I put in good performances and develop my game so I can be called up in different positions. I grew up as a more natural midfielder, so whenever I get the opportunity to come on in midfield I try to do so and I’m happy and excited to show that I’ve got some attributes in midfield.”

“I’m only going to get better in that position with game time and when I’m out wide I’ve got to improve my game and keep improving just in general. When the opportunities are to come on in the middle, I’ve got to try to show that I can take them – that I’ve got another side to my game if you like.”

It’s true that he should focus on where he is told to play and if Wenger thinks that he should be played on the wing then maybe he will look to develop him in that position rather than midfield. But say the Ox does begin to play more regularly in midfield then should Arsenal be looking to add another winger to our ranks.
With Gervinho possibly on the way out, Chamberlain moving to the middle, Walcott and Podolski wishing to be central strikers it seems as if we aren’t left with any natural wide players at the club.

Over the course of the season Chamberlain flourished several times in midfield and as he stated he takes the opportunities he gets and this can be seen is how comfortable he is playing there. In every match you’ll notice he always drifts inside from the wing and so this pre-season maybe it would be good to see AOC get a few games in the middle.

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The newest Arsenal player Lukas Podolski is not in the slightest bit worried about Arsene Wenger playing him out of position when he arrives at the Emirates next season, as it seems he can play anywhere in the attacking half of the field!

“In Cologne, I played as a centre forward and also as a playmaker.” Podolski said today. “In the national team I play wide on the left. I honestly don’t mind where I play as long as it’s in a forward position. But it’s always the coach who decides where you play and I will do my best wherever I play.”

“I had a very good season with Cologne and, as a result, I’m now going to Euro 2012 with lots of confidence. After that, I will be joining up with my new team mates at Arsenal and it is my goal just to do my best and be successful there.”

And we are dying to see you in action as well mr Podolski, I just hope to god that he will playing alongside Robin Van Persie and not be the only striker in the Arsenal side next season.

Theo Walcott isn’t worried about competition from Oxlade-Chamberlain

Most Arsenal fans think that both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are wingers as that is where they play every week in the current Arsenal formation, but Walcott himself doesn’t think that The Ox is a candidate to replace him in the team.

Walcott believes that they can both play together, but with Theo as a striker and Chamberlain as an attacking midfielder behind him.

Walcott said: “It’s always great to have competition. You want to play well, you want the team to play well and to have other ­players around keeps you on your toes.

“Alex is a good lad and we get on very well. He gets on with his job and he is learning the game. But we are totally different players, to be honest.

“He’s told me that he’s an attacking midfield player, that he likes to play just behind the ­striker in that free role. And I can see that because he’s very powerful when he gets the ball.”

The thing with both players is that it doesn’t matter where they think they play, they just have to get used to doing whatever Wenger tells them to do. So get back out on those wings!

Will Arsenal break the bank to secure Arjen Robben?

One of Arsenal’s more eccentric transfer targets, Arjen Robben, confirmed again that he’s just as likely to accept a transfer away from Bayern Munich as he is to extend his contract with the Bavarian team.

Arsene Wenger is still looking for offensive reinforcements and Robben is reputed to be one of the best wingers in the world, so a move would be possible if we think that Robben only has one year left of contract.

“It cannot be said that I am 100 per cent certain I will stay with Bayern.” Robben said.

“A lot has happened in recent weeks and I didn’t play for three games in a row. Everybody saw that. It was not the best of times.

“It is not as if I have to sign a new deal next week. I am just concentrating on playing football. I still have a year on my contract with Bayern so there is no rush. You never know what happens in football – it is often very strange.”

Most would argue that Arseal don’t have the money needed to transfer Robben who would surely have some very high wage requirements, but given the urge Wenger showed to finally create a top team anything may be possible. If he’s able to break the wage barrier for RVP, why not Robben? He is surely in the same class as his fellow Dutchman.

Podolski vs Giroud – Who Should Join Arsenal?

The rumours linking Arsenal to all sorts of strikers around Europe and a lot of names came up since the last summer, but two of them have been consistent and seem to really be targeted by Wenger.

It’s true that Arsenal need some massive reinforcements, and although the midfield is the weak point at the moment, it won’t hurt to grab an extra striker or two. Arshavin left, Chamakh will likely follow him and so should Park after a lengthy period with no action for the Gunners.

Wenger’s looking to bring replacements, and the battle seems to be between German striker Podolski and Frenchman Giroud. They are two attacking players who have different profiles, and many rumours say that the manager is looking to bring them both at the club.

Podolski is a second striker and can also play on either of the wings, while Giroud is a tall robust target man who can only play on that position which is currently owned by Robin. It wouldn’t be any problem for Robin to play along him as he does that each time with Huntelaar at the Dutch national team, but his performances are not quite as sparkly as they are when playing for Arsenal in this position.

So there is a problem there because Wenger risks to bring a player who could either cancel Robin Van Persie’s form or cancel his own, so what do you think the Frenchman should do?

Arsenal Lead Chelsea In Fight For Barcelona Wonderkid

Barcelona’s winger Isaac Cuenca may be in for an unexpected move in January as both Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in the 20-year-old who has yet to extend his contract with the Catalans.

Being more often than not on the sidelines Cuenca is delaying his contract talks with the European Champions and interest didn’t show up late in his services after he’s proved to be one of the best prospects of Spanish football.

After a successful loan spell at Sabadell in the last season, the winger managed to get 5 appearances this season for Barcelona also scoring 2 goals. Despite all this he isn’t satisfied with the situation and he’s stalling contract talks until after January even though his current deal with the Catalans runs out in the summer.

In these conditions Arsenal or Chelsea are both being linked with a move for the talented youngster at a premium price ,and given the transfer history between the two English clubs and Barcelona a move is highly possible if the interest will prove to be a concrete one.  Do you think he should join?

Wenger:”We must get Chamberlain to play in the centre”

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger offered his thoughts about the new Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the club’s official website. The manager thinks that Chamberlain must change his winger role into a centre midfielder role, but that he’s not yet ready to play in centre-midfield in a Premier League match.

“He is ahead of schedule,” the Frenchman told Arsenal Player. “Overall I think he has to add some ingredients to his game that will be absolutely necessary at the top but he has the basic talent – nobody can dispute that. “

“I am very happy for bringing him here. But of course now we want from him the commitment and the urgency that is requested in the Premier League. “

“One second of lacking attention defensively can cost you a game. That has changed in the modern game and that is why he is ahead of schedule. I think in the next few months he can add that to his game.”

“Let’s not be too quick. I think he has a fantastic quality of crosses. He can cross it, chip it and personally I don’t think he is ready at all yet to play in a central position in the Premier League. “

“Let’s get him there first on the flank and get him to adjust to this position.”

On the wing or in the centre one thing is for sure regarding the 18-year-old and that’s that he has to play and get experience. He’s certainly one of the most talented young players around and it would be a shame to waste all that skill. “The OX” had some excellent performances for Arsenal each time he had the chance to play, and he seems to be one of the players who will help Wenger get Arsenal back winning trophies in the future.