Lukas Podolski just turned thirty, yet he has played 125 senior games for Germany (48 goals), and 321 club games (114 goals) already. I find it weird to believe that he is only thirty as it feels he has been around forever. Yet, he has a number of good years ahead of him and could still play a vital role at Arsenal.
During his three seasons at Arsenal, Prince Poldi has played 4000 minutes for the mighty red and white and amassed 39 goals (27) and assists (12) for us; that’s a goal or an assist in every 103 minutes on the pitch. I understand why Arsene allowed Lukas to go out on loan to Inter this season: the German wanted to play regular football, which is commendable, and we had Alexis on the left wing playing superbly. Yet, I reckon we missed him, especially in our two games against Monaco when we needed a super-sub to come and get us a goal.
To be successful, we need a super-sub who can come in and do a cold-blooded job in a short period of time. For example, we had Wiltord who scored 44 goals in 173 games between 2000 and 2004, and before that Davor Suker who scored 8 important goals in 22 matches.
I cannot think of a better candidate for this role than our Prince. When the pressure is on to get an equaliser or a winner, time is running out and the next decent chance will need to be converted, we will want it to fall to LP09’s left foot: It’s precise, powerful and deadly. He is also a good passer of the ball which is partly reflected in his impressive assists tally.
Theo was used regularly last season as a late super-sub, but he hardly had an impact on the games. Sanogo and Wellbeck are options but for me they are not efficient/clinical enough to really make a difference. Wenger might be after another quality, more all-round attacker this season: one who can play on the wing as well as in the centre and is better equipped to help out defensively as well. If this is the case, Lukas will likely be let go, as that player might also take on the super-sub role.
Yet, if we can afford it, we should have a proven super-sub on top of Giroud, Alexis and whoever we will get. For me, it is a no brainer to keep Lukas but key is that Wenger re-motivates him to accept the role of super-sub and be part of something big. Maybe the German’s disappointing stint at Inter will have helped him to reassess his options and accept his faith. Both Arsenal and Lukas would benefit tremendously if this were to be the case imo.
But what do our fine fellow blog-Gooners think?