When Poldi signed a pre-contract for Arsenal I was happy for two reasons 1) he had 80+ international caps 2) he is a deadly finisher… The media and many fans criticized Wenger for buying him because of the nightmare spell he had with Bayern. But you cannot judge Person by one spell and given the fact that people treat him like god in Bayern… Moreover he had something to prove to his critics (that he can play in a top team) so he looked to me as a good and smart move by Wenger.
His record speaks for itself, he has scored 13 goals and 11 assists that is very good statics in first season better than our Brave Sir Robin, Germans always take time to settle in EPL given the fact that Bundesliga is slower and less physical than the Premire League but Poldi has settled well in new wnvironment without any difficulty.
Now let’s come to the main topic, many people on AA are debating the question of where Podolski should play. There are 3 positions where he can play those are Second Striker, Left Winger or Center Forward.
Let’s have a look at his history: Poldi started his career with Koln as a Center forward and scored 10 goals in 19 app in first season at age of 18 however Koln got relegated, but next season he scored 24 goals and Koln were promoted back to the top division and Podolski became a famous figure. After that, many clubs were afterhis signature, however Bayern succeeded and what happened after that everyone knows…
Now coming to my main point, he plays as Left winger for Arsenal currently and even for Germany he plays on the left, yet Arsene has admitted that he signed Podolski as striker. But I guess because of Gervinho’s poor form, he moved Poldi to left wing and OG took his position. He played in centre against Stoke in first match.
Arsenal’s wingers are striker come winger. If you take the example of Man Utd, their wingers always supply the crosses and passes to feed the strikers rather than going for goal, but Arsene loves wingers to score more goals and that is the main reason Podolski is playing in Left. Podolski is not a Winger, but he is a left sided striker who scores and provided assists others score.
If he plays as striker then we are left with Gerv and the Ox who can play on the left. Given Gerv’ record and the Ox’s inexperience, we cannot rely on them. Moreover Poldi is a good poacher, he is not great with his head like OG, however we can keep this as an option.
If he plays as SS he won’t be as successful. He has good shot but he cannot beat defender like Santi and Whilsere so we can discount this option.
Now let’s reconsider his current position – left wing. He doesn’t have pace like Theo but he is smarter than him and he has potent left foot, if he plays in wing he can score from long range and supply cross to strikers.
I believe the best position for Podolski in thecurrent team is playing on left as he has good eye for goal and his link up play with OG and Gibbs is terrific, Playing in the middle would be an option but not as good as playing on wing, if he plays in middle he may be a success but not as successful as on theleft. If he plays on left opposition will have two threats to deal with, one is from OG in middle and second is Poldi from Left.
The understanding between OG and Poldi is terrific Remember two volleys he scored from left, OG supplied the chip and Poldi did the rest.
That is deadly for opposition. I am 100% sure if no one leave Arsenal in coming two years we will win a trophy for sure……
In current team I prefer Poldi in left and OG in middle..
Which position would you play him??
Written by Manthan