Lukas Podolski arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 2012 after months and months of persistent rumours linking him with a move from the Rhine to the Thames. When he arrived he was an instant fan favourite, due to his colourful personality, dressing room antics and some memorable strikes, the best of which can be seen here and here.
However, despite that, he has struggled to nail down a regular place at Arsenal, despite impressing when playing. Several teams are said to be interested in luring the German to their clubs, chiefly Juventus, Napoli and Galatasary, with the striker also refusing to rule out a return to Cologne.
If you are a fan of our number nine, do not fear. Wenger has ruled out the possibility of him moving, saying
Podolski is in the squad for Wednesday and will stay with us.
Olivier Giroud gets more criticism than almost any other Arsenal player, which can basically be boiled down to the fact that he isn’t Thierry Henry. However, a tactical substitution from Wenger on Saturday allowed Giroud to make a huge difference for us, with him being the hero as we came from 2-0 down to snatch a point with almost the last kick of the game.
And there, I can certainly stress the almost. Very little happened after Girouds fine headed effort, but one of them was his injury. What started out as what was believed to be a minor scare, soon turned to ‘he will miss the Besiktas game’ before taking a turn for the worst with him now being ruled out for three months. After tonights crucial win, Wenger told Sky Sports that
“The news is that he had surgery today and the surgery went well but he will be out – maybe to be competitive at the top, top level – until the end of December, beginning of January.”
There could yet be a silver lining though, as Wenger is now considering dipping into the market to sign a striker. Welbeck and Remy have been suggested.
Former Saints star Calum Chambers was a somewhat surprise addition to Arsenal when he was signed for £16,000,000 earlier this August, however has played a crucial role for Arsenal since his signature was confirmed. He has so far appeared in every Arsenal game this season.
Speaking to The Sport Review, our 19 year old defender talked about how fellow former Saints Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott and how they’ve really helped him feel comfortable and settle well into Arsenal.
“He’s [Oxlade-Chamberlain] been really helpful to me and I thank him for that. He’s helped me to settle in well and show me the ropes, as he would put it. He’s always there to talk to. He tells me what I should and shouldn’t do and he’s been really helpful.
Theo Walcott knows what it’s like too because he came from Southampton as well. Both of them have been supportive and they have helped me in a few situations. They’ve both been really good to me.
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