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Podolski’s Unhappy Already – Time For A Change Arsene

By on November 8, 2012

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has revealed he’s not happy playing out on the left and would prefer to be playing through the middle. 

The German international arrived at the Emirates in the summer from Cologne, where he was used as a main striker, and although the 27-year-old has been used on the left for his nation at times he is predominantly regarded as a centre forward.

However, Arsene Wenger has deployed Podolski on the left side of his 4-2-3-1 formation with Olivier Giroud and Gervinho playing as the main striker during the early parts of the season.

It seems Poldi is growing tired of being played on the wing as he has to track back and do his fair share of defensive work, and has voiced his preference to play in his more natural position through the middle. He told Sky Sports.

“I’d rather play centrally up front,” said Podolski.

“On the left, I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. But I am not a classical winger.

With a goal-scoring record of nearly 1-in-2 for Germany (44 goals in 105 games), Podolski certainly has a case for wanting to be played up front. While his hard-working attitude means he’s got the characteristics to play on the wing, he clearly doesn’t enjoy it and it’s not as if we’re blessed with an abundance of quality strikers to choose from!

Giroud, while improving, is still well short of being convincing and if Gervinho has been given a chance to play through the middle, surely Podolski should also be given his fair share of playing time up front?

Personally, if we ever have a fully-fit squad to choose from, my preferred from six would be:

Arteta – Diaby

Walcott  - Wilshere  - Cazorla

Podolski

I think the German’s talents are wasted a little on the left and his form has dipped badly in recent weeks. He’s shown already that he can be clinical in front of goal if given the opportunity and he’s strong enough to be able to play up top on his own and has the technical ability to bring others into play – something Giroud has struggled to do when the ball’s played into feet.

Hopefully this isn’t the start of Podolski becoming unhappy at Arsenal. He’s a true German pro so it’s hard to see him kicking off too much about this, but when the teams struggling for goals and has a striker who’s scored 44 goals for Germany playing out wide,  it’s easy to see why he’s voiced his concerns.

What do other Gooners think? Should Podolski play up front? Get involved in the comments section.

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21 Comments

  1. abbey

    November 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I totally agree with d players because I think carzola will add something different on d flanks as we need to create from d flanks when d middle is chocked and for the people saying the midfield should be arteta wilshire and carzola I don’t agree as we need strenght and heigh in diaby to boss the midfiels also for podoski he just needs to play from d middle because he will score goals

  2. Zach

    November 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    come on, he mean 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2. Way too many player makers but no one make the runs doesn’t make sense at all.

  3. Michael

    November 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Have to disagree with everyone here.
    I think the ideal formation for Arsenal would be a 4-1-3-2

    Szczesney
    Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs
    (New Defensive Mid)
    Cazorla Arteta Wilshere
    Giroud Podolski

    As we do not have that proper defensive mid yet, then Arteta goes there, Cazorla in the middle and Walcott on the right.

    In the above formation, everyone is in their best position and we have a perfect balance. At the moment, we do not have any support for Giroud up top, and therefore, we resort to long ball.

    • dboy

      November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Dude Walcott does not like playing on the wing and i personally think it would be waste to turn jack into a winger. Fact is we need natural wingers who can take on players and defend.Only then will we take shape.After all have you ever seen an unhappy player perform well? Wenger’s stubbornness in playing them out of position is what is costing us. He has lost the respect of his players.

    • bc

      November 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I agree with michael on the formation if not the players. 4132 is the answer however i think arteta is capable of being the 1 however i think that buying yann mvila and etienne capour would really improve our squad. vermaelen and gibbs would be my left back choices and sagna and jenkinson the right backs. i would also buy yanga-mbwia as competition for kos and per with capoue also a very capable defender across the back 4. arteta would be able to compete with wilshire diaby cazorla chamberlain ramsey rosicky eisfeld and gnabry for the 3. walcott gervinho podolski and giroud need to have a 5th player to compete for the 2. so i would also buy a striker.
      out – fabianski squillaci djourou santos arshavin chamakh plus eastmond watt denilson park and bendtner
      in – yanga-mbwia, mvila, capoue and falcao

      we dont need wingers we need a front pairing.

      • Goonerboyo

        November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        There are echoes here of Radford and Kennedy but I’m not sure you could play Giroud and Podolski,
        I think it’s either/or with a Walcott or Arshavin to play off and provide pace and an outlet.

    • Matt Gunn

      November 9, 2012 at 7:36 am

      I agree but with Vermaelen playing back and Koscielny defensive mid.

      That might work with Vermaelen and Koscielny to swap during play depending on who carries the ball to the 6 yard box.

      If he stays then Giroud replaces Walcott and Gervinho replaces Podolski.

  4. Goonerboyo

    November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    It only really works with 442 I think and we could use a variety of combinations Giroud or Podolski with Walcott or Arshavin and from leftfield, dare I say Ramsey. Doesn’t solve the lack of athleticism in midfield or the lack of leadership on the field nor the lack of strategy and particularly of a Plan B. Wenger is too conservative but I would give it a go in he league cup for the first hour.

  5. michael

    November 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I feel podolski should be tryed up front,this guy has bullets in his left legs like RVP. He could gun down any team if given d oppunity 2 face d goal,we could say sorry 2 any team with little mistake.this guy 4rm d center I see him making 30 goal

  6. Agwasie Kingsley Tochi

    November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I agree wit podolski, arsene should try him up front. He’s da perfect replacement for Rvp

  7. Newmy

    November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    arteta, wilshere, cazorla
    walcott/alex.ox
    podolski

  8. goonerhoot

    November 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Wingbacks! The more I think about it the more I’m convinced that a 352 makes sense. Can anyone explain why it wouldn’t work…
    Szez
    Koz,Mert,TV5
    Sagna, Wilshire, Arteta, Carzola,Gibbs
    Walcott,Giroud

    Play 5 at the back defending, 5 in the middle in attack. Options everywhere, massive flexabilty.

    • Goonerboyo

      November 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      It is what we did when we played 3 CBs Adams Bould Keown with Dixon and Winterburn operating as wing backs. They were one-offs not to be repeated. But a novel idea. So our three current CBs with Sagna and Jenkinson. Maybe Bould has suggested this to Wenger and that is why we have not seen him on the bench recently.

      • goonerhoot

        November 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Cheers

        • Goonerboyo

          November 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

          Oops with Gibbs or Vermaelen on lthe left. I really like this idea Goonerhoot. Might build some resilience. All pour forward all flood back. Needs pivotal leadership and excellent arm raising ability to claim offside. In fact CB needs to play with one arm raised at all times, check old videos of the famous five.

          • tommyt

            November 9, 2012 at 1:00 am

            Haha thats actually true! The Arsenal back line used to stand and move forward in perfect sync, all with arms raised lol

  9. mark

    November 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    i think he signed a 5 year contract. we’ll have to put up iwth him for 5 years…
    never liked him as a player.
    it was a bad buy. he doesn’t do anything for us.
    but, play him up front, allowing rosicky, chamberlain, gervinho to secure the wing spots. problem solved. can’t see podolski excelling as a central striker.

  10. Atila

    November 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

    We need natural wingers who can track back defensively and win balls and who can push the ball from the wings.whenever I watch a player like willian,I realise dats the kind of winger we need and also we need 2 sign another striker and even another left back.I also think winger has ran out of ideas,he no longer has anything 2 offer 2 the team so am thinking its high time he left the club so a new manager can come in with a different philosophy..a new manager who has the hunger 2 win trophies.

  11. Zenawi G/selassie

    November 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I am not an arsenal fan, but I agree with the player. playing up front.

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