The German international has found first-team opportunities in his favoured centre-forward position limited since joining the north London club in 2012 and has often come under criticism for his lack of enthusiasm and graft in some matches.
However, the 28 year old insists he made the right choice by joining up with Arsene Wenger and believes the Arsenal fans will be seeing a lot more of him next year.
According to the Express, he said:
As things stand today, I am an Arsenal player (and) it won’t change.
Going to London was the right step. I had the chance to go to a big club and to play in the strongest league in the world.
I am happy in the city, in the league, in the club. Those two years have been outstanding for me.
If my bad injury hadn’t stopped me for almost five months, it would have been a better season again.
Nevertheless, I am satisfied. In the end, I was a regular starter, scored eight goals and had four assists in the league. It’s nothing to sneeze at.
Podolski has not been a regular starter for Wenger this season and missed much of the first half of the season due to a bad thigh injury, but even upon his return he was only used sparingly. However, with Theo Walcott’s injury, Wenger was forced to make use of the German’s predatory instincts and finishing prowess from the left wing, allowing Santi Cazorla to switch to the right.
His goal-scoring record this season is impressive, as he has only made 16 starts and yet has 12 goals to his name, which represents astonishing levels of efficiency in the final third. He isn’t perfect, as his defensive work is often lacklustre. However, when an opportunity does present itself, you’d rather see the ball at his feet than any others in and around the opponents’ penalty area.
His form in the past few months has once again showed what he is capable of and it won’t be logical to let him leave as he adds depth. The Gunners are already set to have a busy summer ahead and it would be a bit foolish if we lose him now as finding a replacement would be a difficult and unnecessary task.
Great news isn’t it? Are you happy to hear of Poldi’s commitment?