Lukas Podolski Could Leave Arsenal

Reports from Daily Star say Arsenal are on the verge of selling Lukas Podolski and the deal may happen before the summer transfer window closes. Galatasaray, has made enquiry about the 29-year-old forward’s availability and Arsenal are said to have responded positively. The German who moved from FC Koln in 2012 has been a committed Arsenal player over the past two seasons and has scored as many as 19 goals for the club in 53 appearances. The German with Polish descent is known for his strong shot, technique and probing attacks from the left side. Lukas Podolski, the German forward, who joined the Premier League in 2012, is a very influential member of the German side with over 100 caps for is country. Lukas Podolski, who recently featured in the German squad in for the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup triumph, missed the North London club’s Emirates Cup and the FA Community Shield matches, alongside his compatriots, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertersacker.

The chance of Lukas Podolski coming back into the Arsenal squad and commanding a regular spot in the squad looks very slim. This summer Arsenal has signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona to bolster an attack which depended solely on Olivier Giroud, who seemed spent towards the end of last season. However, Lukas Podolski, who came into the team the same year as Giroud has had fewer time on the pitch but has demonstrated his lethal tendencies in front of goal, with a good number of strikes for the North London club. Podolski, 29, is mostly deployed from the left flank of attack and his position is seriously threatened by the form and presence of players like Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, most of who are in their early or mid 20s and can play on the left and some in the middle. Depending on how Wenger wants to play and the tactical approach to a particular game, Podolski would have to wait as a 3rd or even 4th choice in the left wing of Arsenal’s attack.

As a lone attacker upfront, Wenger seems to prefer the Adebayor, Sanogo and Giroud frame for a traditional number 9 and even though he has scarcely been deployed there by Arsene Wenger, he had played in that position for FC Koln and for Germany in the past. Therefore, Lukas Podolski would be 3rd or 4th choice upfront considering the fact that Wenger might want to experiment Alexis Sanchez in that position for Arsenal next term. It would be very understandable for Podolski to make a move away from the Emirates this summer, but on the Arsenal side, the loss of this player has to come with a soft landing. A player with Podolski’s experience and power must be adequately replaced in the squad for the depth in attack to be maintained. Many would argue that a 22-year-old Joel Campbell, who Galatasaray are said to also be interested in, would be a fine replacement for the German.

If this move for the German is real, then another replacement by making a deal in the transfer market for a new player may not happen as Wenger has pronounced that no more attackers would be a Gunner this term.

’Tayo Amosu