With Lukas Podolski’s summer transfer to Arsenal looking more likely every day, one can’t help but wonder if this is the right move for the Gunners. The North Londoners have been having a far from perfect year, and manager Arsene Wenger has attracted his fair share of criticism, but perhaps a summer spending spree could be the remedy.
Podolski could become their first new signing, with a suggested fee of around €10 million. The German forward first made his name on the world stage at the 2006 World Cup where he won the Best Young Player award. That year, he scored 12 times in 17 appearances for the German national team.
After such a great year internationally, he was snapped up by Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, he couldn’t replicate his international form on the club stage, collecting just 26 goals over the next three years despite making 106 appearances.
Unsatisfied with his performances, Bayern Munich sent him back to FC Köln where it took Podolski a few years to get back to the stellar form he had shown during his previous spell at the club. This year however, he has scored 16 goals in 21 appearances in all tournaments.
This return to form has triggered talks of an Arsenal move for the 26 year old Podolski. Perhaps this time around, the 26 year old is ready to play for a bigger side. After all, when the Munich move took place, Podolski was just on the verge of turning 21. With five more years of experience under his belt, the Gunners will hope that he is prepared for the pressures of the Premier League.
If he is to ply his trade at the Emirates, Podolski will be competing for a first team spot with Gervinho, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Park Chu-Young. Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner are also in the mix for a place in that front three, although they seem to be on their way out of the Emirates. During his spell at Bayern Munich, Podolski competed for a spot with the likes of Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni, and he saw limited game time because of it.
This time around, however, Podolski looks more mature and ready to take on a key role with a big side such as Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster an Arsenal squad in desperate need of a lift, and Lukas Podolski could very well be one of the solutions. After all, Robin Van Persie can’t do it all by himself.
Update: Cologne accepts Gunners’ Podolski offer