Podolski suffered the hamstring injury during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Fenerbahce last Wednesday with Arsene Wenger initially claiming Podolski would be ruled out for three weeks.
However that diagnosis was revised when the Wenger admitted the hamstring injury was more severe than initially anticipated, confirming that an absence of eight to ten weeks was now expected.
The 28-year-old underwent a medical with German national team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller Wohlfahrt in Munich yesterday, with the striker admitting that the examination has extended his predicted spell on the sidelines to at least three months. He told German newspaper Bild:
I will be sidelined for a long time, approximately three months.
Podolski had got his 2013/14 campaign off to a flying start with two goals for the Gunners in their 3-1 Premier League victory over Fulham on August 24, had to be stretchered off during the 2-0 win against Fenerbahce three days later.
The second leg game against Fenerbahce turned out to be fatal one for Arsenal on the injury front because the Gunners lost Podolski for a match that was meaningless considering the fact that the Turkish side were banned the next day from participating in Europe. So that meant Arsenal were victimized due to an indecision from UEFA .
This news will come as a setback for Arsene Wenger’ side who have been in excellent form since their opening day defeat in the hands of Aston Villa. The club also got the better of their free spending neighbors in the season’s first north London derby by beating Tottenham 1-0 at the Emirates on Sunday, before the club broke their record transfer fee to bring Mesut Ozil to the Emirates for £42.3 million on transfer deadline day.
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Arsenal were in the market for an attacker on deadline day but ultimately decided against it. So with Podolski out until Christmas, the Gunners are only left with Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner, who are the only recognized strikers on the bench to act as back up to Giroud. Walcott last season proved that he can play as a central striker but he is much better off staying on the wing.
Ozil can also provide cover in Podolski’s regular position on the left flank for Arsenal, but he primarily prefers to operate as a central play maker. So the Gunners can manage without the German international until Christmas but it would have been great if we have signed some one yesterday.
However Arsenal fans do have some good news as Wenger will likely have Thomas Vermaelen back at his disposal for the game against Sunderland on 14 September.
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