Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski appointed captain of Vissel Kobe

Mar
23

Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has been named the new captain of J1 League side Vissel Kobe for the upcoming campaign. The 32-year-old joined the Japanese outfit from Galatasaray in July 2017, and he notched five goals in 15 appearances in the backend of last season.

In a report covered by Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Podolski was pleased to have been offered the opportunity to lead the Far East outfit, he said: “Being a captain is a big responsibility. The most important thing will be to deliver results.” Meanwhile, the notion was shared by a few of his teammates with Daiya Maekawa, particularly, pleased to work under the leadership of the former Arsenal and Bayern Munich man, he wrote on Twitter: “Master and apprentice. I would like to learn from you.”
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Macho Man The Movie Will Star Lukas Podolski

Dec
15

Lukas will play himself in the film of 2015 and is shooting scenes at the ex club of Koln in the stadium.

He is all set to star in the comedy flick. There are doubts as to he will be seen in the future or not. It is hometown where the movie will be shot called Cologne.

The scene takes place in the stadium which is really sought after. He is eager to watch the final look in the premiere. He wants to see himself on the screen soon. The movie is adapted from Moritz Netanjakob which is a novel. In fact Daniel Sturridge who is the striker of Liverpool himself admitted that he would love to try whatever is available at hand. He has also demanded of extra time to be with the Arsenal. In January he is bound to leave the club. His presence in the club of Arsenal was absolutely negligible. For the gunners about for 37 minutes of the entire action he was restricted from the Gunners. In the four matches of the opening season he was not fully in control which was followed up by the success of Germany’s triumph in the World Cup.

On the bench of Arsenal he has enjoyed his time the maximum. Podolski has been sidelined from many. He is waiting as to what will happen in the season of winter. It was made absolutely clear that he is unhappy. He is striving hard and juggling at the same time from his career front and also from his professional front. Even if his football career is over he is indulged in lot of various activities from all corners. He is tied up with his schedule of shooting and is trying is level best to live up to the expectation.

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PODOLSKI BELIEVES

May
08

Podolski believes that winning the FA Cup is one of the only few options that Arsenal has in order to relieve having dropped so much points in the Premier League that has left them out of the title race.

“When you play for Arsenal, every year you fight for the title and this year we were close to winning the league. Nearly the whole season, we were top of the League and now the last matches were not so good,” Podolski told reporters

“We lost a lot of matches and we lost a lot of points so now we are a lot behind. It is difficult to look for the Premier League title, but we have a big chance for the FA Cup and we must keep that chance’’.

Arsenal is struggling just to keep themselves in the Champions League qualifying spot for the upcoming season which is a huge turn of events after they were leading the way in the Premier League ahead of everyone else but they could only sustain that position for weeks until falling down a few spots.

Even though the Premier League title is an objective that Arsenal will not be able to secure in this season, the players still remain optimistic about the future of the club and of Wenger and Vermaelen urged his teammates on continue playing at their best.

“It is always like this in football when you win something, you are the best, and you are the hero. When you win nothing or you lose a couple of matches, you are like nothing for the people and for the newspapers, the TV and for the fans.

“But I think this is a part of sport – you win together and you lose together, but in the end you must concentrate on your job and forget all the other things that have happened.” Podolski added on.

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PODOLSKI NEEDS GAMES

Mar
25

After recently returning from injury, Lukas Podolski has been getting a run of matches especially due to injuries to key players like Jack Wilshere. He is expected to start against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League match between the two clubs. This would give him a great opportunity to score against his former club where he spent a couple of years before coming to England. Podolski, though, is not looking forward to this encounter to prove a point, but he wants to get into the quarter-finals with a great comeback.

Many have already written off the chances of Arsenal reaching the quarter-finals, but Podolski says that everything is still possible. He says that a successful comeback will heavily rely upon the Premier league outfit scoring an early goal in the first half. This is not the first time Arsenal will be visiting the Allianz arena. They came close to reaching the quarter-finals last season, but a late goal from Laurent Koscielny turned out to be a consolation only. Podolski wants to avoid a repeat of the same and says that an early goal will give Arsenal a lot of belief.

Guardiola has said that Bayern Munich should not be complacent and they will not make the same mistake from last season when they almost allowed Arsenal to recover from a 3-1 first leg deficit.

“It is normal that no one believes in us, when we lost 2-0 at home. We, the players, we’re going after the qualification. We have to play as good as we did in the first 15 minutes of the first game. The main thing is to score a goal in the first half. Then everything will be possible,” said the striker to Sky Sports ahead of the match.

Podolski has seven goals in 15 matches for Arsenal this season.

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ONE FOOT THROUGH

Feb
21

Bayern Munich has placed a foot into the next stages of the Champions League by claiming a 2-0 victory against Arsenal during the 1st leg which was played in the home turf of Arsenal, the Emirates Stadium.

Even Arsenal fans weren’t very happy to hear the news that they were pitted against Bayern Munich, a team that is simply dominating the Bundesliga as the side of Pep Guardiola are at the top of their league with over 10 points advantage over their nearest rivals.

Not only have that but Bayern Munich been getting past everything in their path in this season as well as the previous one.

Arsenal had an early golden moment on taking the lead when they went head to head with Bayern Munich as Mesut Ozil was brought down by Jerome Boateng at the 8th minute and a penalty set-piece was awarded to Arsenal with the former Real Madrid player, Ozil being the man chosen to step up and take it.

Ozil fired a shot down the middle of the net and Manuel Neuer managed to wave it away from being scored.

The moment that changed the momentum of the match arrived at the 37th minute when Arjen Robben rushed to receive a chipped pass that was launched inside the area of Arsenal and just as the Dutch winger was about to bring the ball down, the Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny bursted and challenged Robben as he was tackled.

Szczesny was sent off with a straight red card and from there on out Bayern Munich started dominating the match with Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller finding the back of the net in the 2nd half and now they have a substantial advantage over their 2nd leg which is scheduled to be played on March 12 at the Allianz Arena.

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PODOLSKI IS BACK

Jan
21

After missing Lukas Podolski for much of the opening half, Arsene Wenger will be able to field the German international from the start of New Year after he returned from injury just in time to prevent Arsenal from going into the transfer market. It was heavily speculated that Arsenal will be in the market for a new striker in order to provide Olivier Giroud some much-needed rest. The Frenchman has practically played in every match for Arsenal since the opening day of the season. He has managed to sustain the pressure on his shoulders by scoring goals up until now.

The return of Podolski, though, not only gives Wenger a great option up front, but also in the midfield as well. The German international can also play in the midfield, which will be a major boost for the club, who had recently received the news that Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Podolski has not only returned from action much sooner than expected, but he is also fitter than Wenger initially thought. This has led to praise from the Frenchman.

Prior to getting injured, Podolski had scored five goals in five matches for the club. He will be looking to rediscover that form almost immediately.

“Podolski has been out for four months and after being available, it doesn’t mean you are competitive in the Premier League – it takes some time to come back He is working hard. This week he looked sharper in training, so he is getting closer now to being completely fit again. If there is one (player) you want to see in front of the goal in a shooting position, it is him because Podolski is certainly one of the best finishers I have ever seen,” said Wenger.

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PRAISE ON PODOLSKI

Jan
14

Arsene Wenger has heaped the praise on striker Lukas Podolski by saying that he is one of the best finishers he has seen in the game. The German international recently returned to first team action after a long spell on the sidelines. He started the season in impressive fashion after scoring five goals in five matches. However, his injury early in the season has made him unavailable for all these months. Arsenal have been able to cope with his absence due to the much improved form of striker Olivier Giroud, who has practically played every match for the club until now.

Wenger has spoken about the need to rest Giroud in order to keep him at the best possible condition. He has so far been unable to do so due to the lack of options. The return of Podolski coupled with the improved form of Nicklas Bendtner may help him to do exactly that. Giroud has missed the last two matches due to illness, but he may return for the Monday’s match against Aston Villa. After the long term injury to Theo Walcott, players like Podolski have become much more important to the club. The German is not only capable of playing as a striker, but also in the midfield as well.

“He’s certainly one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen. When he is physically ready, he will of course help us. If there’s one you want to see in front of the goal in a shooting position, it’s him. He can play that central role when he’s completely fit. He came on in a recent game and was not completely ready but he is one of the potential assets we have there,” said Wenger.

Wenger has said that the 28-year-old is close to coming back to full fitness.

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MAJOR BLOW

Oct
24

Arsenal were dealt a major blow at the start of the season after having striker Lukas Podolski ruled out for nine weeks. Despite his absence, the team has managed to do extremely well in all competitions and are currently top of the table. Arsenal are expected to get even better after the return of Podolski and it looks like it will happen in the next few weeks. The German international has said that he has been working very hard in order to return to fitness and it is starting to pay off. The 28-year-old posted a picture on Instagram showing off his muscles after a training session.

Arsenal will be heavily bolstered by this news since it looks like Podolski may make his first-team return after the end of the international break. The German international is unlikely to be involved in the World Cup qualifying matches, but he could be back for the Premier league encounter against Norwich. Arsenal recently lost their impressive run of 11 straight victories in all competitions. They could only manage a 1-1 draw against West Brom prior to the international break.

This has been primarily attributed to the long run of fixtures that the squad has had to face without any rest. Arsenal have a long list of injury problems at the moment.

“An intensive week of training found its end. I’m working hard for my comeback!” said the German, who can play either as a striker for Arsenal winger. He is unlikely to dislodge Olivier Giroud from the first team given the way the French international has started the season. Giroud already has four league goals to his name this season. Arsenal are currently ahead of second-place Liverpool on the basis of goals scored. Podolski made only two league appearances and has two goals to his name.

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ARSENAL AIM HIGH

Jul
10

Lukas Podolski is delighted with the fact that Arsenal is making big signings this summer. The Gunners are on the verge of completing the signing of Gonzalo Higuain for whom they are expected to pay 23 million Pounds to Real Madrid.

Arsene Wenger is ready to make a 20 million Pounds bid for Wayne Rooney as well in case Manchester United puts him on sale which is looking highly unlikely at the moment.

When asked if he is under pressure because of Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival, Podolski said, “Not at all. In fact, I am very happy that a player of his calibre is coming to the club. He will be a competition for me and that’s good. That will keep me on my toes.”

“I never get worried about my place in the starting XI. I just back my abilities and work hard. If I am in good form, the manager will surely give me chances.”

When asked about Arsenal making big signings this summer, Podolski said, “It’s good for the club. You want a couple of quality players coming in every season.  That’s how you can make the squad strong.”

“We are hoping to win the title next season. The three top teams of the last season have appointed new managers, so, you never know. Anything can happen.”

Podolski will join the Arsenal squad for the pre-season training on Monday. He was given a prolonged break to take part in the friendly matches of Germany.

The German international said, “I am looking forward to the pre season tour. Hopefully, we can have positive results on the tour. It’s important to go into the league with some wins under your belt.”

The Gunners will start their pre-season by taking on Indonesia Dream Team on 14th of July.

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DRAW ONLY

Apr
26

Arsenal could only manage 0-0 draw with Everton during the Tuesday night encounter between the two teams. As a result, Arsene Wenger’s men are at a disadvantage when it comes to the race for the top four because they have played two games more than Chelsea and one game more than Tottenham. After the match, Wenger displayed his frustration by suggesting that Everton were extremely physical in their approach towards getting the point. Everton defender Leighton Baines, though, has said that the claims are not warranted because Everton played good football during the match.

Everton came into the encounter with an outside chance of finishing in the top four, but this result means that the club has to wait for one more season to experience Champions League football. Tension was running high during the match due to the fact that there was a lot at stake. Everton’s Kevin Mirallas clashed with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere during the half-time break while on the way to the dressing rooms. Baines refused to comment on the physical aspect of the game, but he said that most of the teams across the country are fearful when it comes to playing Everton due to their work rate and ethics.

“It was not something that we’d spoken about. Wherever we go, the team we’re up against know that they will be in for a game against us. The workrate the players put in is there to be seen. We are not a side people enjoy playing against at any level: we have a little bit about the team. We have workrate and ethic, and the togetherness and team spirit are inspirational at times,” said Leighton Baines.     As a result of the dropped two points, Everton have fallen four points behind Arsenal in the table. Arsenal occupy the last Champions league qualification places.

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