Lukas Podolski



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Even though many have written off the possibilities of Arsenal making it into the quarter-final stage of the Champions League due to their massive disadvantage from the first leg, the manager Wenger has revealed that the task is not impossible as many appear to suggest.

Arsenal come into the second leg against Bayern Munich trailing the German team 3-1 on aggregate. Wenger has admitted that it may take a monumental effort from his team in order to get back into the tie, but he has said that the players will never be able to do that if they do not have belief. (more…)

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The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he is extremely confident that Arsenal will be capable of getting past Bayern Munich in the last 16 stage of the Champions League. Arsenal will be facing Bayern Munich after having known their fate in the FA Cup. The club was recently knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of the Championship club Blackburn. As a result, Arsenal are in danger of going for an eighth consecutive seasons without a major trophy if they fail to win the Champions League. However, it is easier said than done because they will be facing the last season’s finalists in this competition.

Podolski has acknowledged that Bayern Munich come into the match as the favourites to go through into the next round, but that does not mean that Arsenal do not have a chance. The first leg will be at the Emirates stadium, which will be followed by the second leg at the Allianz Arena. Podolski will be facing his former club for the first time since moving to Arsenal. The German striker was last seen in a Bayern Munich shirt back in 2009. He was signed from Cologne in the summer, and he has said that he has no hard feelings about having left Bayern Munich.

“Bayern are favourites, no doubt about that. In two games we will have our chances to reach the next round. You can be sure, we will not sit and wait to find out what Bayern does. We have the quality to stand our ground against them. I am looking forward to those matches against Bayern especially as it is nice to meet up with Uli Hoeness or Jupp Heynckes once again,” said the Arsenal striker. Arsenal have managed just two wins in the last four matches.

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will not get carried away with the recent run of good form shown by his team in the league. Arsenal managed to win three matches on the bounce following the 1-0 victory over Wigan athletic during the weekend. It was a result that helped the move into the third position in the table, which was incredible considering that they were in the 10th position only a few weeks ago. During that time, there was a lot of criticism about the manager Wenger and his tactics.

Due to the poor run of results, the manager was expected to spend big in the January transfer window in the hope of at least finishing in the top four that would guarantee them Champions League football next season. The recent run of good form, though, will not change attitude according to the Frenchman. Mikel Arteta scored the only goal of the game with a penalty, but it could have easily been yet another two more dropped points for the team. Wenger has said that the style of play that the club has adopted is something that demands confidence. He has said that his players are showing that right now and he will not be making any judgements on this current form.

“Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about but let’s not go overboard. As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened, we must keep our feet on the ground and focus. We knew Wigan was a game we had to win. The domination was not convincing but we got the three points and it’s important that you win these kinds of games. I always said the group is good mentally and it’ll come out in the end,” said Wenger.

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