Arsene Wenger has revealed Lukas Podolski is training hard as a centre forward in a bid to provide more options up front for the Gunners.
The French manager praised the attackers outstanding attitude and feels he has a part to play as a centre forward after a vital game-winning cameo against Norwich City.
The Germany international has struggled to gain regular playing time of late after returning from injury, but came off the bench and demonstrated his quality with a slick one-two with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that set up the winner, and sealed the deal with his 14th goal of the season with a trademark left foot strike.
Podolski has predominantly been utilized on the left wing this season, however Wenger feels he can be an asset centrally too and has revealed he is being put through his paces in that position in training.
The Gunners boss said:
Podolski was injured when we played at Bayern and won. After that, we won at Swansea…sometimes you have periods like that and I think he can play as a central striker as well.
I work a lot with him as a central striker at the moment. He is a quality player and when he comes on you can see that straight away. You don’t get 100 caps by luck.
Honestly he has a great attitude. He never moans, he never has a bad phase, he is always positive.
I had Walcott was on the bench [too]. It’s hard to leave everybody out. Nacho Monreal didn’t play and he played extremely well until now.
The 27-year-old is a proven goalscorer and overall has enjoyed a fruitful debut season. If Olivier Giroud failed to find his feet in the second half against Norwich, there would have been a high likelihood that Podolski or Walcott would have been selected at centre forward against Everton, however the French international worked hard and got the winning goal after a dismal opening half.
Arsene Wenger certainly needs options for the remaining matches up front with the aforementioned trio all eager to play as the lone striker, and this will be useful should matches fall out of the Gunners grasps. But Olivier Giroud will most likely be the go-to centre forward to start matches with his aerial prowess a useful asset and his hold up play excellent, however I would certainly like to see more of Podolski playing centrally as when he gets in goal scoring situations he is clinical.