German press speculate over Poldi summer surgery

German press speculate over Poldi summer surgery

Lukas Podolski became Germany’s third highest capped player on Friday evening when he came off the bench in Kazakhstan to make his 108th appearance for Die Mannschaft.

However, despite the impressive achievement, which saw the Arsenal man move level with ex-Spud Jurgen Klinsmann in the pecking order, speculation is mounting in the German press that Podolski might require surgery on a troublesome ankle problem.

Express.de suggests that the 27-year-old could go under the knife at the end of the season with a view to once and for all overcoming an injury which he first sustained while at former club Cologne.

It’s only speculation at the moment (the report stressing that no decision has been made) but having only completed four games for the Gunners since his summer move, and with only one start to his name in the last six, it certainly looks as though he’s being treated with kid gloves.

On the plus side, our striker has played down any suggestion he wants to leave N5 again reasserting that he is happy in London both on and off the pitch.

“I want to say two things,” he told Bild (translated by Sky Sports). “Firstly, I cannot help it that clubs are interested in me. And there are always people behind the scenes who want to float something in this business.

“Secondly, any interest makes me proud because it is a recognition of my performance in London. It is unlikely [that I will leave] because, at the club and in the town, I feel really comfortable.

“As a player you have peace and quiet. I appreciate that very much. Therefore, I can honestly say: I am not preparing for any change.”

In further Poldi news, Express.de also report that Lukas is in talks with Cologne about buying a personalised box in which he can entertain friends and family, hold meetings and store an assortment of signed shirts and memorabilia. Apparently he’s ready to pay up to €150,000 a year for the ‘Poldimuseum’ overlooking the pitch at the Rhein Energie Stadium…which is nice.

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  1. I’d rather have a fit and raring to go Podolski next season than one that could break at any moment. Give him a rest and let the subs prove their worth.

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    • Bunch of twats these press are.

      The only place podolski is going is to the corner flag (his happy place, remember?) to celebrate his many, many forthcoming Arsenal goals.

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  2. I honestly think we’re cursed. No other thing, (well apart from cunt opponents : see shawcross) can possibly explain our injury misfortunes over the years.

    Pope!

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  3. What a waste of such a clinical finisher’s energy it is to be tasked with defensive duties that should be the jurisdiction of a left-back along with the crossing ability and pace required to whip balls into the box.

    Why is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger deploying his best finisher by far in a wide position where his effectiveness too is compromised? Theo Walcott has been throwing his toys out the pram in an effort to make his central role permanent, whilst Giroud is still yet to adapt the English game and is inconsistent in his performances. He’s the closest thing to van Persie we currently have within tlorr ranks.
    I am, however, going to assert my humble opinion that Olivier Giroud is not the kind of striker that suits Arsenal’s style of play, formation, or philosophy and I’m at a bit of a loss as to why Arsene Wenger brought him to North London in the first place.

    I do not doubt that Giroud has quality – that is not an area of contention in my estimation – his movement on and off the ball is excellent, his craft is refined and his intelligence is obvious. The problem is, he is not the kind of lone striker that fits comfortably in a team managed by Arsene Wenger.

    Wenger had the flexibility in his system that he used to, when even in the space of 45 minutes Arsenal could oscillate between 4-4-2, 4-5-1 and 4-3-3, back when the boss had more than one recognized striker in his ranks, they could use Giroud as another option when their Plan A became stale.

    If he’s honest, I believe the manager would admit that Giroud was not intended to be their first-choice lone striker in their current formation. It doesn’t correlate with Wenger’s philosophy.

    Dennis Bergkamp made sense, Thierry Henry made sense, Robin van Persie made sense. I’m afraid I just can’t comprehend why he would bring in a striker whose main assets go to waste and who isn’t fit for purpose within Wenger’s rigid and completely unchangeable system.
    Arsenal are not a team known for their intense pressure from crosses and balls pumped into the box – they’re known for the exact opposite:

    Their technical quality and superiority in possession which, over 90 minutes of chasing shadows, demoralizes the opposition into making individual errors, switching off, and getting punished by a predatory world-class finisher. Like, for instance, Lukas Podolski.

    Lukas Podolski – easily Arsenal’s most capable, clinical, and credible finisher – should be playing as a centre forward.

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    • Poldi possess:
      – 100% of Aguero’s ‘ruthlessness’ and ‘intelligence’ in front of goal
      – 85% of Aguero’s speed
      – 125% of Aguero’s power

      Can’t agree more. Even had we lost Walcott we have an abundance of quality wingers (The Ox, Arshavin, Gervinho) and other guys who can fill that role when needed (Cazorla, Ramsey) and youngsters who deserve a chance (Serge Gnabry, Miyaichi).

      Giroud & Poldi as Arsenal’s two ‘central strikers’ makes sense. Hope the surgery goes well, and hope Poldi’s ready to rumble in August.

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      • Sorry, I can’t agree that Ox, Arshavin and Gervinho are high quality wingers. Ox isyoung and developing, but the others are genuinely shit.

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    • 1. Poldi is a brilliant wide player and plays there for Germany. In our system it gives him the freedom to both deliver crosses and to score goals. Remember our wide right player, Theodore, is our top scorer this season.

      2. Poldi is not particularly suited to playing at the centre-forward position of a 4-3-3. He doesn’t have the mobility, positioning nous or strength particular to that role (I would suggest you need two out of those three conditions) and in fact I think it would make him less effective.

      3. Giroud works very well in the current team in terms of balance and philosophy. His looks deceive – he isn’t a classic centre forward, even if he looks like one. Although he does give us target man/aerial qualities, his link-up play is key. He often drops back and releases other player and so is playing a different game to van Persie’s on-the-shoulder movement. As we’ve seen, the goals therefore come from a lot more places.

      4. Dennis Bergkamp was never a lone striker (hence no. 10), and both he and Thierry mostly played as part of a 4-4-2.

      5. That said, I do think we could do with another, more mobile, striker to mix things up but I don’t think Poldi is the answer. His wide play and play on the break this season has reminded me of the old Arsenal – clinical and devastating. I think we’d be putting that to waste playing him in the central role. Besides, he’s already bagged 13 goals this season. Hardly bad for a man carrying an ankle injury.

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      • So glad I refreshed, and deleted my comment – nothing ruins a great rebuttal like saying it twice. I’d like to add though that when Giroud is playing the off-side role up front, he is marked quite extensively by the classic against-Arsenal defense of piling giant shites in the box. This has become even more noticeable since his last spell on form and it seems his frustrations are stemming from that sort of 3 on 1 physical defense. If anything, his linkup play with Podolski, has been some of the most sensational scoring moments Arsenal have witnessed this season. Without Podolski relieving and stretching the box on the left, his partnership with Walcott seems to have suffered as well a bit.

        Oh and the article clearly states that this is an injury from Cologne?

        So when the players are fit, Wenger has utilized them most effectively. Podolski can’t play, so now, steve, you think that Wenger isn’t using him properly? When he can’t even use him at all? I apologize but it seems you are stricken with short-term memory loss. At such a young age too… my condolences.

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        • “Podolski can’t play, so now, steve, you think that Wenger isn’t using him properly? When he can’t even use him at all? I apologize but it seems you are stricken with short-term memory loss. At such a young age too… my condolences.”

          I don’t see why you would think that I or anyone else for that matter would criticize the manager for not playing someone when they are injured. Your comment is only intended to take a jab at me, which is neither interesting nor thoughtful.. My comment was obviously about the whole season, that he want given him enough chances up from, if Theo is given all those chances why not podolski who is a proven goal scorer at every level.

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        • I apologize, my earlier comment was a bit heated towards the end, and as you say, not productive. As for Podolski playing through the middle, I still believe that him remaining on the left is the most useful position. 1) Podolski’s pace is lacking as compared to Giroud and Walcott, who are quicker on turns and straight runs. 2) As mentioned multiple times, who plays through the center is not nearly as important in Arsenal mainly because our attacking play is a combination of rotation and high-pressing possession.
          It is not as if Podolski has been scoring outside of the box from the left side, nor Walcott on the right. If there are goals being scored, in the Arsenal way, a huge percentage of them are made in the box, in the middle, often with service from Giroud. Considering this, then wouldn’t it make sense for Giroud to be the #1 cf? He has speed, he has a decent touch, he has aerial prowess, and some slick finishes on both feet. True his consistency has suffered, but I would not attribute solely to his own personal shortcomings, but also to the fact that there are games where none of our players are able to press to his ‘offside’ position to create the linkup chances that he does such a great job with. Podolski offers this threat from the left, much more admirably than Walcott on the right… Yet his form has suffered over the last few games – now we know due to resurfacing injury. Giroud being a target man is not ideal, considering the poor strategy of lumping crosses, but because he can be one, it opens the cross as a reasonable option of attack from either wing. The more options the better, I say…

          Basically, I would rather have Giroud provide the service to Podolski, who is, as you say, a consistent finisher, rather than the other way around… If anything, putting Podolski in the middle is a far less flexible option than his presence on the left wing.

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      • 1. He is a brilliant wide player. He came in as a striker in Germany, at a a young age he was in no contention to challenge the already established center forwards there like klose, so the coach coach gave him a chance on the left which he took and been playing the from then on. I do agree with you that he has done a solid job on the left earning more than 100 caps.

        2.While you mention his exploits with the National team you have overlooked a very relevant and crucial part of his career – His days at cologne. Prince Poldi. He was the game changing ruthless center forward they had. He won then matches single handedly. Because cologne did with him what Arsenal with the Dutch cunt last season, only that podolski never had the quality of service but rather what u expect from a relegation threatened team from the bundesliga, and he still managed to score many and win games.

        3. Alot of Girouds quality is being wasted by not using him to his strengths. I am not going to argue against Giroud because I strongly rate him. However the point I am trying to make is very different.

        4. Ageed. Albeit i do not believe this fact doesn’t harm the point I’m trying to make.

        5. Many of us were suggesting that we get Huntlaar during the winter, but is he really so much better than Podolski. Of course we would be a much better team with Falco or cavani but that is just fantasy. I believe if he is given a run of games and by building an understanding with his teammates while playing in the center we would see his influence to be similar to that of the Dutch cunt last year.

        Arsene Wenger himself said that Podolski is the kind of player who could give u more than 30 goals a season if played in the center and there is no reason to doubt this.

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        • I personally prefer our current system, based more around an entire attacking force, than our system with van persie, which was more based around his individual brilliance. I think it’s better that we have someone like Giroud up top to provide link-up and hold-up play, and vitally that we have ruthless wide players like Podolski who can assist and add goal threat as well.

          Maybe Poldi could play centre-forward for us (I doubted that was the right position for van persie when Wenger first started playing him there), but regardless I think our philosophy had always involved having goal threat across the entire front line, not just from one person. If you look at the Invincibles you see Pires, Ljungberg, Vieira all bombing forward and getting goals.

          Podolski on the left gives us clinical finishing and ruthless attacking team-play to boot, which I think is more helpful to the team than just his goal-scoring ability alone.

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        • Podolski didn’t play the role of the main striker at cologne. He was a second striker who played behind a more traditional no-9. Podolski’s movement in the box is poor and his off the ball movement leaves a lot to be desired.
          Arsenal’s system revolves around a frontman who has exceptional movement(For instance, RVP’s off the ball movements was exceptional and covered for his lack of strength and pace) . That makes podolski unsuitable for the role(He played striker against both Sunderland(H) and Swansea(H) and we didnt score in either of the matches)

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        • Poldi plays as a 2nd striker for Cologne never as the main striker. In Arsenal’s formation, the closest thing to that is the left wing option. But then again when it comes to Arsenal, there is no fix formation, especially when attacking.

          As for Huntelaar, well yeah, he is a main striker.

          I will welcome Poldi on the left or as a 2nd striker, if we change our formation. I think he has done quite well for us and is a very good player.

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      • Pires did not possess the ruthlessness in from of goal like/as much as Henry. He became a legend not based on his goal scoring ability. His game was more artistic and did not focus on scoring goals and finishing off chances like a striker, his did not atleast in my opinion resemble that of a striker. And he definitely not a better finisher than Henry although one could speculate he was close.

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    • In having Giroud as CF, we not only have a goal scorer, we also have a target man who with his great link up play creates goal scoring opportunities on either side of him. This season we have had goals from multiple players, no longer are we a one man team.

      I believe, Arsene Wenger has learnt his lesson from the treachery of RvP. He no longer wants to
      1. rely so heavily on one goal scorer.
      2. build an attack around one striker.
      Hence Giroud and Poldi were signed when he realised he would have to replace RvP. I had only seen Poldi playing in a wide role for Germany, so believed Wenger had brought him to play in a similar role for us.

      He may have been thinking of a Poldi – Giroud – Theo (playing as a RW) goal scoring trio.

      I still believe Theo’s prolonged contract negotiation/holding wenger to ransom with his demands to play CF upset his plans. He had to give in to Theo and it seems now Wenger lets him play where he wishes. we would have done better with Theo playing as RW. With him wandering around in the box does not maximise on our goal scoring potential.

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    • Near enough 1 in 2 for Germany, mostly, from the left.
      Genuine counter attacking threat – no cutting back or checking inside until the last 20 yards.
      Pin point crossing – top 5 in the league.

      Why would you change that?

      I might be wrong, but I’d guess Podolski, Giroud and Walcott have higher collective goals and assists than any other front three or four.

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  4. Media can’t seem to digest the fact that no Arsenal player wants to leave this summer. They are floating out the question to everyone in the squad.

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  5. Pires was not better then Henry at finishing in my opinion. Although he could teach a few of the current midfielders a thing or two bout sticking the ball away.

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    • Fully agreed. However I must say that as intollerable as it has been for us, it must have been even more so for supporters of teams that lost their last two league matches and saw their star player go off at halftime on Friday night…

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  6. While Poldi, from the above comments, appears not to be better off down the middle, I think he could be given more opportunity to come inside.

    It is unlikely to happen but in a 4-4-2 I’d like to see him as a second striker to Giroud. At least it could be used as a quick change of strategy once in a while during a game perhaps !

    Anyway, I am particularly pleased to hear him confirm he is more than happy with us at Arsenal. I was always more than happy he signed last year. Next season, a fully fit Poldi should be an awesome weapon !

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  7. Go gnabry, go.
    Can’t wait for this lad to fully break through.

    Podolski stinging left shot is already imprinted in my heart. Please stop fucking us: the arsenal you stupid press. Grrr!

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  8. A few things:

    1). Have they actually said what his injury is?

    2). Podolski works well in Arsenal’s system because of its flexibility. Several times he’s been able to drive into the box, and by playing off Giroud (who has great close control for a big guy), tear through defenses. Imagine if he was fully fit.

    3). The media definitely seem to be looking for players who want out to promote the continual ‘Arsenal in Crisis’ story, and seem to be getting increasingly desperate when they cannot find anyone.

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  9. Poldi came with a big reputation. He has been steady at best and that is in an Arsenal team which has struggled all season. He deserves another full season before we pass judgement. What is certain is that Arsenals moderate season will finish trophyless again , eight long years.

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  10. The sooner we get Eisfield, Gnabry, Akpom and Angha ready for first team football the better. Outstanding performance tonight from the young lads.

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    • I Hate to be Mr Negative, but I have to add the proviso — against a another bunch of kids.

      I tend to step back from the youth/U21s a bit these days. It is so easy to get invested watching them — They are Arsenal players after all. So often we have had kids look this good, get first team games and play well, and STILL not make it.

      So few prospects make the jump to the First team that I have become so much more cautious about them. We have had similar feelings about every batch since ’07 :(

      I’d love to be wrong, and either the youth system is finally delivering in spades, or we have an exceptional bunch here. History just suggests I’m probably right.

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  11. For whatever it’s worth, my 6 year old son has decided that Poldi is his favourite player. For that reason alone I’m happy that he’s happy at arsenal. But I also rate him. I’m sure I read somewhere (probably on this site) that he only scores important goals – ones that equalise or put us ahead – where Theo is more of a flat track bully.

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