Why did Podolski not work out at Arsenal?

Why did Podolski not work out at Arsenal?

At the time of writing, Galatasaray are due to announce the signing of Arsenal's Lukas Podolski in the next few hours.  After three years at the Emirates, the German's journey with the Gunners is coming to an end.  Considering how the last 12 months have gone for him, it's safe to say he left with more of a whimper than a bang.  A little less than 12 months ago, Podolski was celebrating winning the World Cup.  He was a bit part …
Santi Claus - Cazorla at His Best Over Christmas Period?

Santi Claus - Cazorla at His Best Over Christmas Period?

The season began with a lot of uncertainty over game time for Santi Cazorla; the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, along with attacking players like Walcott, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere and World Cup star Joel Campbell giving good reason to believe that Cazorla's days on the team sheet may be numbered. This is Cazorla's third season in England after joining Arsenal in the summer of 2012 from Malaga for an undisclosed fee believed to be between £12-15million. …
Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

The home side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 system. Olivier Giroud lead an attack supported by Cazorla, Ozil and Podolski in attacking midfield. Deeper sat Arteta and a returning Aaron Ramsey whilst Szczesny’s goal was protected by Monreal, Sagna, Koscielny and Mertesacker. Newcastle lined up in a 4-5-1 seemingly in an attempt to stifle Arsenal’s midfield that thrives in advanced central spaces. A back line of Dummett, Debuchy, Coloccini and Williamson protected Tim Krul behind a 5 man midfield …
Podolski & Flanagan Amongst Title Race X-Factors

Podolski & Flanagan Amongst Title Race X-Factors

At the end of the Premier League’s first trimester, we had Gooners occupying first place and basking in the euphoria of a long-awaited “marquee” signing.  Four points across town, Chelsea lurked in second with Manchester City and Liverpool rounding out the top four.  Now, having (almost) completed 26 rounds of play, we have the same first four crew – though Chelsea and Arsenal have swapped seats and City’s game-in-hand could see the Citizens leapfrog the pair. As we head into …
Why Arsenal's Coming Fixtures Will Shape Their Season

Why Arsenal's Coming Fixtures Will Shape Their Season

After their defeat at the weekend, Arsenal find themselves at a crossroads. A defeat to one of your title rivals is never helpful, but the 6-3 score line has heaped more pressure on the Gunners and given some momentum to their rivals. Manchester City look in formidable form at home at the moment, Chelsea continue to plod along and Liverpool have kept up with the chasing pack. The Christmas period is always important for any time trying to win the …
Arsenal's Striking Options Come January | Benzema? Ba?

Arsenal's Striking Options Come January | Benzema? Ba?

Arsenal have had a great start to the season. After a defeat to Villa on the first day of the season, the Gunners have bounced back to lead the Premier League. During that defeat Olivier Giroud scored the first of his five Premier League goals this season. He has also contributed four assists, making him a vital part of the team. Keeping Giroud fit has become a very important matter for the Gunners, as Nicklas Bendtner has not shown himself …
Walcott Return Set Back Two Weeks - But Do Arsenal Actually Miss Him?

Walcott Return Set Back Two Weeks - But Do Arsenal Actually Miss Him?

Arsene Wenger confirmed on Monday that Walcott has suffered a setback in his return from injury and will be out for yet another two weeks. This kind of luck, or lack of it, is becoming quite typical for the gunners whenever a player seems like he may be on the brink of return. However, in the current set of circumstances it’s not quite as disastrous as it may usually have been. Even with Podolski, Chamberlain and Diaby all serving long …
Can Arsenal's Squad Cope With Their Tricky Upcoming Fixtures?

Can Arsenal's Squad Cope With Their Tricky Upcoming Fixtures?

After a summer that looked like it would bring no big signings and a disastrous first game of the season, Arsenal currently sit atop of the Premier League. The signing of Mesut Ozil, the form of Aaron Ramsey and the goal scoring exploits of Olivier Giroud have helped Arsenal to make most people forget the nightmare on the first day at the Emirates. Strong away wins at Fulham and Sunderland as well as a derby win at home to Spurs …
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