When Arsenal announced the transfer of the Germany striker Lukas Podolski a couple of years ago, the fans were understandably excited about it. A lethal striker with a fantastic international strike rate was just the sort of signing that Gooners had been waiting for.
It is fair to say that Podolski’s career at Arsenal has not gone as well as he of the fans would have liked. There have been flashes, like when he first arrived and in his last few games, but Lukas seems to have struggled more than most to adapt to England and the Premier League.
Many fans blame Arsene Wenger for playing him out of position or not giving him enough game time, but the opposite side of that is when the German has been given his chance in the middle, it has not worked, and it is the manager’s job to play the team he thinks has the best chance of winning.
Podolski seems like a great character to have in the dressing room, always happy and smiling, and he is clearly very popular with his team mates and the fans, but that is not enough. Rumours are starting to grow that he could well be returning to his former club Cologne this summer. They have just got back into the Bundesliga and are dear to the striker’s heart.
But it would be a shame if Podolski had just got really in the swing of the BPL, only to be shipped off, and his recent performances have suggested that this is the case. He is working harder, linking up with Giroud, fighting for the ball, tracking back and, of course, smashing the ball into the net. Is it too soon to give up on the Prince?