Podolski: I don’t know who can replace Wenger

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If you missed it last night, ex-Gunner Lukas Podolski called time on his glittering international career by scoring the winner for Germany against England in a 1-0 win in Dortmund.

The 31-year-old playing his final ever game for Die Mannschaft, wellied it top bins past Joe Hart from 30-yards (his 49th goal in 130 games his country) before leaving the field to a standing ovation while the music from Gladiator played at full blast. Possibly the most Poldi thing ever.

After the game, the striker, who spent three years at Arsenal, was asked about the current goings on at the Emirates and whether or not it was time for Arsene Wenger to stand down.

“I follow nearly every match – when not live then on social media – and I don’t know what has happened,” Podolski told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Arsene Wenger is a good guy and a good coach. He built this club from nothing to now. It will be interesting what happens in the next few months.”

He added: “I don’t know who the guy is that can replace him. He is Arsenal.”

Given that Podolski and Wenger didn’t always see eye-to-eye during his time at Arsenal it’s telling that the Frenchman still commands considerable respect from his former charge.

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