Podolski’s Everton absence increases speculation


Lukas Podolski has not travelled with the rest of the Arsenal squad to Everton today, increasing speculation about his future at the club.

While both Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil have made the trip, the former Cologne man has been left behind by Arsene Wenger, which will only raise further doubts about his Gunners career.

The German international has been linked with a move away this week with Bild suggesting Arsene Wenger has given the green light for his sale. Rumours about a move to Galatasaray were dismissed by the Turkish club, but fresh reports say Juventus could be interested, as our Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Earlier in the week, Podolski’s agent admitted there was genuine interest from other clubs, saying, “There have always been enquiries. Now we have concrete interest from some teams.”

Having played the least of Arsenal’s three Germans during the World Cup in Brazil, his absence can’t really be put down to lack of fitness, and with Arsenal needing goals, his absence from today’s game makes it easy to put two and two together to make four.

Of course football has a funny way of making two and two make five, and there could be another reason for his omission today, but if you had to put money it, the chances are he’ll be on his way.


      • Yeah I agree Kate upton is amazing , I think Poldi’s transfer will free up wage for us to get a top player also Chambo goes in the pecking order ……and her mammary grands are perfect

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      • Whilst Miss Upton does have a have a nice face and a lovely pair of knockers, she has no waist and consequently her body is a slightly odd rectangular shape.

        If you’re into underwear models, may I suggest Doutzen Kroes, a Dutch model with both a better looking face and a midriff that doesn’t make her look like a Weeble, whilst retaining a nice set of jugs for soap related funtime.

        Anyway, on the topic of Podolski-related transfers…I got nothing.

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        • Googled and yes she’s quite lovely too…..I would, but chances are she wouldn’t ha ha……ha. but whilst were on the subject may I suggest Gerogia Salpa? Insanely hot. Good luck today gunners

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        • LMFAOOOOO, leave it to blog commenters to “pick apart” someone like Kate Upton. I’m sure you’re beating the ladies away with a stick bruh……………

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  1. I don’t know if it’s too significant personally. Someone from the offensive contingent has to miss out since we have so many and if he’s still not 100% it makes sense for it to be him.

    There seem to be pretty decent links to him leaving, but my personal feeling is that he’ll stay.

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  2. Be a shame to lose Poldi. Love him to bits, especially his social media antics. Always find myself wishing he was more explosive in the pitch though.

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    • Agree, would miss Poldi’s selfies and general positive and happy attitude. Am sure the dressing room would be a much poorer place if he left.

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    • I hope the only reason Arsene is willing to let him go is because he intends to sign a top goal scorer as his replacement. While Poldi doesn’t work hard enough for the team, his conversion rate is exceptional.
      Personally I hope he stays, if only for one more season.

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  3. Be a shame to lose Poldi. Love him to bits, especially his social media antics. Always find myself wishing he was more explosive in the pitch though

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    • For reasons I do not understand, Jack seems to run (slowly) when he has the ball, and waits until the opposition player’s boot is within 5cms of his foot before releasing the ball, and inevitably, and much to his apparent anger, he gets clobbered as he does eventually release the ball.

      Sad to see the regression of such a talent, and for what it is worth, Paul Scholes was correct in saying that Jack’s game has not progressed since he was a kid.

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    • don’t remember eboue being named young player of a world cup tournament (wc2006).poldi looks like another bad management from the boss. ratio goal per minute played one of the highest in the league.if you compare the wild card given to giroud on and on for two seasons now, poldi must be thinking about greener pasture.
      i like giroud , i think he is a great asset for the team(power, physical presence up front , good link up play when fit, generous about his defensive duties) but poldi is another class , i feel the boss should have trusted him more and not just tried him as front striker in one odd game because he couldn’t do otherwise. if his departure is confirmed , my doubts about the boss having lost the plot for the srikers position will be confirmed.

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      • Podolski has great stats because he’s a great finisher when given adequate supply. Beyond that, sadly, he’s quite limited, since he thrives on space to swing his left foot. There’s a reason that bigger clubs haven’t been in for him in recent years and aren’t now (Wolfsburg are desperate and Juventus are basically looking for a 4th striker for their 3-5-2).

        He’s been very productive for us, was undoubtedly a massive factor in our excellent team spirit, but if (BIG if) he’s adequately replaced, either with Joel Campbell or from the market, it’s unlikely to hurt us much.

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  4. I still don’t want to belief he’s going to leave arsenal until its announced and that will be painful but if he’s leaving then wenger shld be looking for replacement

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  5. Can’t help but feel we’ve “Arshavin-ed” Lukas a bit since his arrival. he’s played less than maybe he ought to, and perhaps more notably, out of position. Given our lack of prominent alternatives over the past two years I’ve been surprised to not see Poldi given more of a chance up front. Would be a shame to see him go, but if we sell him for a decent fee and reinvest in an attacking playing who wenger would use more, I’d see the sense.

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    • he hasn’t convinced on the few occasions he has played up front. and the germany nt don’t seem to know what to do with him either, turning him into in-house photographer/cheerleader. he can boot a ball though. hope he stays. or if he goes, that we sign someone up, but that’s doubtful. goodbye depth

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  6. My only hope is IF Podolski is on his way out, is that we have a striker lined up as a replacement. As much as I love Poldi & his admiration for the club, we have plenty of numbers on the wing & need someone prolific. Giroud is decent but I feel without a proven goal scorer we will fall short in the premiership. We were never far behind with the likes of Bergkamp & Henry. Just saying.

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    • Loius Van Butthead feeling the pressure at Old Toilet already: “Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil. It is the football world.”
      Ha ha ha

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  7. We’ve replaced him with Alexis who gives us pace that we were lacking and a much higher workrate.
    Shame we haven’t managed to upgrade a few more.

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  8. It seems that AW has lost patience with Poldi. Pity, really. Poldi seems to have lost some sparkle, hunger and the writing was clearly on the wall last season with Arsenal and at the World Cup with Germany. Damn fine player, only needs to apply himself a bit more. Goodluck to him wherever he goes.

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  9. if wenger is planning on playing sanchez out wide this season then surely podolski is leaving. we will already have sanchez, theo,ox,cazorla and campbell fighting for 2 spots. if i was wenger, i would either keep podolski and play sanchez upfront, or sell podolski and buy a striker

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    • Poor work ethic, lack of pace and a habit of going badly missing in games.

      Great finisher, great personality but doesn’t bring much else to the table.

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      • and let’s not forget what a woeful tackler he is. still, i’d like him in the squad so that we can rotate some. has arsine not learned the lesson about depth and injuries?

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      • He doesn’t lack pce at all, merely an inclination/lack of knowledge on how to use it.

        Much the same way pundits have been talking about our lack of pace, when we have plenty of quick players, just a lack of penetrative running. You’d think people who analyse football for a job would be able to express it a little better but there you go.

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  10. Do not want him to go, great left foot still a real good player and he’s a character, that may be most important, a guy like him cant help but make the locker room a happier place

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  11. I think we’re bit uncomfortably close to the foreign player quota limit and buying English isn’t an option with the inflation. So I think Poldi might just be sacrificed if we’re to make that big signing people have been rumbling on about. I agree with the folks here though. Brilliant impact sub, definitely the best finisher in the club and one of the best in the league. Always a boost to squad morale as well. I hope we find a way around this 🙁

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    • reus isn’t coming. he turned don an astronomical offer fro man u so he can walked for free at the end of the season. probably to bayern or spain.

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      • Reus has a contract till 2017. It’s only the release clause that kicks in next year. He’s not going to get a Bosman next year.

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  12. I think he deserves another crack.

    Obviously he’s not an out and out CF but I’d much rather keep him and let Sanogo go out on loan.

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  13. If we Sell poldi.
    Cb- kos mert chambers miquel
    LB- Gibbd monreal
    Rb- debuchy chambers bellerin
    cm/dm ramsey arteta flamini diaby
    CAM- ozil wilshere cazorla rosicky
    Lw- alexis and campbell
    Rw- walcott chamberlain and alexis
    St- giroud and sanogo….100 % need a striker and cb. A bonus would be a dm/cm. I cant see us winning league without a striker and cb. I bloody hope we do. Cmon arsenal

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  14. From a pure 11 men on the pitch perspective, we could go without Poldi. Though what he brings to the dressing room, he’s the loudest of the German contingent. He attracts other German players to our club – and how he approached FA Cup final, “We will win”.

    I don’t want Poldi to leave!

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    • Then again, he was nowhere to be seen in the final..

      Would still miss him though, as you said he seems to be great guy for team spririt, and he really does score when he wants. The perfect super-sub

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  15. Such a shame if he goes. Vermaelen was called a model pro for not complaining about being benched, Poldi should receive the same treatment.

    You could see how passionate he was, whether it was because he loved the club or he loved the attention (sorry I’m still a cynic due to some of our transfer windows pre-Ozil). Took time out to learn about our history & explore our heritage.

    His personality & quality will be missed.

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  16. Losing Poldi, will be a great lose, but me think it will also create an avenue for Campbell and others to get integrated into the squad. …hope le prof will get a solid replacement anyways.

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  17. Really? Nothing to do with his injury during the world cup? I wouldn’t make much of his exclusion when Campbell oxlade Santi and Sanchez have got 3 weeks prep on the guy.

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  18. To me this only makes sense if the manager is thinking about making room for another signing. Podolski’s goals are a vital component of this team. He might not be the best all round player but he’s got end product. I like to think of his goals as my children. Some of them died at birth, others grew up to be politicians, and one of them became an astronaut who journeyed far beyond our galaxy to find a new planet for humans to inhabit after we’d destroyed the earth because of our rapacious greed and consumption of its natural resources. When that planet was eventually found it was too late because we’d died out as a race but my son found another species with which he could mate and procreate and a new half-human, half-alien race emerged to make a home on this beautiful new planet which they then, in time, made shit of because that’s what humans do. We fail to see the beauty of life and kill and maim and hurt each other over made-up abstract constructs like religion and nationality and territory when we should just love one another and enjoy the fleeting time we have together. Just like Poldi’s two season at Arsenal.

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  19. Baddest left foot ever liveth. The one time shot, no nonsense Poldi! we knew at some point you’ll have to go, but please stay at least one more season. we like to see you shoot at sight, baddest soldier.

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  20. Having lots of zippy players is great and all that, but it’s also a good thing to actually have clinical players in the squad. Someone who shoots instead of just passing all the time. We’re not exactly stocked with such players, so if one leaves, we simply have to bring in a new one.

    I honestly don’t know who that someone could be, especially this late in the window. Reus? Injured and very expensive. Falcao? 29 years old and still very expensive. Could be worth it though. Cavani? Since Zlatan is injured, I doubt PSG would be willing to sell. There may be a few more names to add to that list, but they’re all bound to be very expensive at this point.

    In other words: It’s easier to just not sell Poldi.

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  21. Why don’t we keep Podolski and play him at centre-half? That solves the problem of replacing Vermaelen. And we’ve got Sanogo, so we don’t need to bring in a quality striker.

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  22. A lot of angst on here but we need to be ruthless. I like Podolski, but would rate him overall as a 7/10 player. If we’re upgrading to an 8-9/10 player then let’s do it. So if the rumours about Kalou are true, then I’m all for this.

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  23. I don’t have a problem with a Podolski leaving if we bring in someone else that is better than Girioud and it will give Joel Campbell a chance.

    Take away the occasional rocket shot… he is actually crap

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    • I know I’m going to get many dislikes because Podolski has a cult of followers like Eboue.
      However, I would drive him to the airport if it meant we are going to sign Marco Reus

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      • Of course Reus is a better player. He’s also a £35M player, and since we’ve already bought Alexis, I very much doubt we’ll also get Reus. Buying two £35M wingers in one transfer window is simply not realistic.

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  24. I don’t think Wenger knows how to manage players who are already good when they come here. Podolski is not crap. Over 100 caps for Germany at 27 prove that.

    Wenger just puts square pegs in round holes. That’s OK when you are young and you can adapt but not good for the likes of podolski, arshavin etc.

    Anyway laters Poldi. Good luck. We’ll still be waiting for sanogo to score when you’re banging them in for your new team.

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  25. Confused as to why people thumbs down “John Terry is a cunt”


    Now thumbs down but reply saying why you did the tumbs down please

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  26. 1. Agents talk all kinds of crap. They are agents. It’s how they make their money.

    2. Pod was never going to be in the starting XI (Szczesny; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini; Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla and Giroud) and with Martinez, Wilshere, Bellerin or Coquelin, Rosicky, Ox, Campbell or Sanogo, and Chambers probably on the bench … there would be no need for him to travel.

    3. He’s always/still the least likely of the Germans to be fully fit.

    4. We’ve a Champions’ League doobrie on Wednesday.

    5. Only if you ignore the phenomenon called smouldering, there’s never smoke without fire.

    6. He forgot his passport.

    7. There are all kinds of ways to get 1 and 1 to not equal 2.

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  27. I think whether he goes is going to depend on the form of Sanogo and Campbell between now and the transfer window.

    Think about it, we’be got two more forwards than we did last year and the first choice front 3 are likely to be Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott. Plus there’s the issue of where Cazorla slots in with everybody fully fit (dream on).

    This leaves us with a lot of cover on the flanks and options in the middle – Walcott had a cracking game there before he was injured.

    The boss obviously sees something in Sanogo that I can’t, so I guess he’s staying.

    My guess is that we’ll see a decent amount of playing time for Campbell in the next week or so. If he’s decent I think Podolski will go. Sadly.

    Like I said earlier, I say keep him and let Sanogo out on loan. Gangliness doesn’t win you games!

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  28. Ok, so all of our summer arrivals were direct replacements for outgoing first-teamers? That sucks, we need depth in order to challenge for the title.

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  29. Bottom line is after getting £15million for Vermalan, £12million for Vella (people forget this) £2.5mil for Djourou and a loan fee of at least £1mil for Jenks we still need to sell Poldi for £10milish to make up for spending £60millionish this summer. You see we will end up with a net spend of about £20mil. Pathetic for a club of our size. Why is it whenever a player is linked away from Arsenal they always go but when decent players are linked they never come. Same old 4th place finish at best again and probably Thursday night football. Breaks my heart but football has moved on and we are being left behind cause the owners are so tight.

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  30. Can’t see us getting a direct replacement in for Podolski, as Campbell & Chambo are already here, but part of me is hoping this is to free up wages to sign a “top top quality” player in CDM, & hopefully a deent CB.

    p.s Hoping we beat Everton today.

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  31. Great finisher .
    But since we don’t play 4-4-2 ( I think he may thrive next to another striker )
    And wenger doesn’t rate him highly enough – it’s no surprise he may go .
    Pretty sure he’s on £109k a week too so that’s a lot for a bench player , and today he didn’t even make the bench .
    As long as we use the money wisely I’m fine with it .
    Otherwise keep him around.

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  32. Could easily mean he is off, but having not played much at the World Cup might mean he was even further behind Ozil and Mertesacker. Additionally, there has always been the suggestion that Wenger is concerned about Podolski’s fitness levels anyway.

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