Against Manchester City we saw some of the best and the worst from Lukas Podolski. In a way his performance on Saturday typified the player he’s become.
Exposing Kieran Gibbs with a lack of defending and losing possession needlessly that lead to City’s opener certainly doesn’t flatter him, but he clinically set up Flamini’s equalizer with a perfect cross and almost won the tie with a powerful shot from a tight angle that you’d hedge a decent bet on him scoring 9/10 times.
Frustratingly Podolski often can be slack on the ball but equally devastating. He’s a risk taker and a very direct player, plus he’s a fan favourite due to his passion and enthusiasm for the Gunners cause.
He earned his start last weekend after an all action display coming off the bench against Swansea. But with an incredibly crucial away tie where Everton will be expected to have a decent dosage of possession, is Poldi a liability?
Santi can operate on the left and give the Gunners some much needed cover for Gibbs, with Tomas Rosicky able to cover the No10 role. It seems a little harsh to drop Podolski after two assists and a goal in two games, but he should perhaps be utilized as a super-sub if things don’t go to plan just to give us a bit more solidity in midfield.
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