‘Arsenal are a top club. They have a good team and play right at the top level in England.’
That was what Lukas Podolski had to say about Arsenal. With Robin van Persie firing on all cylinders, there is always the frightening possibility of Van the Man getting injured – with no capable backup available for him as Chamakh and Park Chu-Young have both flattered to deceive so far in their time at Arsenal – could Podolski be the solution to this problem?
In numbers Podolski has fared generally well in terms of goalscoring, netting 103 times in a mere 274 matches. These matches are in the Bundesliga against capable teams, so it is a good measure for his ability in front of goal. His international record is extremely impressive as well with the German scoring 43 goals in 95 matches, no mean feat! People who watched England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany will remember him lashing in Germany’s second goal.
If Podolski is transferred and played as the lone striker in the 4-3-3 formation, his goalscoring record for this season will more than assure doubtful fans – he netted 9 times out of 14 – that he has the expertise to guide the front line when van Persie is rested.
Besides being a regular for the German national team with a whopping 95 caps already at the age of 26, there is no doubt that he has the experience and the maturity to play in a team like Arsenal. Most importantly, he is a “ready-made” striker, which would be a very well calculated gamble if Arsene Wenger is to buy him for the club.
In a nutshell, Podolski would be a terrific solution for the striker problems. From Germany’s premier football league (like Mertesacker), he should have little problems adapting to the pace of the Premier League. People will speak of Marco Reus, the other striker from Germany rumoured to join Arsenal, but I think that Podolski’s wealth of experience will make him more useful in the Arsenal team.