Jul 27

‘I think Podolski will play centrally for us’, reveals Wenger

Arsene Wenger has given his biggest hint yet that Robin van Persie will leave Arsenal, admitting that summer signing Lukas Podolski is likely to play a central role upfront this season.

Podolski, 26, was signed by the Gunners before Euro 2012 for £11.7million, bringing with him a wealth of experience and drawing plaudits from van Persie himself who declared his admiration for an ‘amazing player’.

The German international’s squad number is ‘yet to be confirmed’ by the club, adding to rumours that van Persie’s departure would leave the door open for the former Bayern Munich forward to take the Dutchman’s coveted no.10 shirt.

“I think Podolski will play more central for us”, Wenger told Tsinghua University students in China on Thursday.

“Giroud [Arsenal’s other frontman summer signing] is a different target man who would be more the player in a 4-4-2, he knocks the ball down, protects the ball well, makes play for his partners, and is a very intelligent player who has great physique, as well as being very strong in the air.”

Wantaway striker van Persie has already trained with new-boys Podolski and Giroud at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground, following the club’s decision to leave the 28-year-old out of their pre-season tour of Asia.

Arsenal play Manchester City in Beijing later today as part of their pre-season preparations and will be hoping to get one over the reigning Barclays Premier League champions in true partycasino.com style.


28 Responses to “‘I think Podolski will play centrally for us’, reveals Wenger”

  1. A-Star says:

    is he saying that were moving to a 4-4-2? 😀

  2. Goonerr says:

    If Cazorla comes, I can see this being our line up for next season:
    Sagna Kos Verm Gibbs
    Song Arteta
    Theo Diaby Cazorla

    Giroud will be an excellent option coming off the bench. He’ll have to prove himself to get a starting spot, but that team on paper looks beastly :)

  3. Tony zachariah says:

    I think 4-4-2 is better than 4-3-3,now we have two best strikers let us use them to bring success back.up gunners!!!

  4. Alex says:

    I always thought this might be the case. I don’t really rate Podolski out on the left, we need take advantage of his finishing through the middle.

  5. What this means in my opinion is that RVP will leave and he is unlikely to be replaced by another quality striker.

    That is bad news now if u ask me. Yes, we ve got Podolski and Giroud but that is just it. We need at least one more striker in case of injury.

    Some how, I think Park is not that useless, he just have not been trusted enough but again, what is the point in keeping him when the man in charge does not trust him?

    I just hope I am wrong. I pray we replace RVP with someone that can be call quality if and when RVP leaves.

  6. eric says:

    Every year there will be at least one player holding us for hostage

    Modern day football, player is playing more for money than football

  7. Murtado says:

    Wenger should sell vp and use d money to reinvest on a quality player.

  8. Roland C Rozario says:

    Eagerly and in anticipation for the season to start.
    Arsenal with new players with maturity and experience and with the blend of youth like Yennaris, Eisfeld, Miyachi, Chamberlain can take Arsenal to the top again!
    The Team To Watch …. ARSENAL!

  9. Harold says:

    Central! I don’t agree,otherwise the centre of arsenal is in full gear.Wenger should focus on his fixed defense and have the unfit packing

  10. kepha otieno says:

    dats 1 way wenger is ruling out more signing ,and definetly podolski is rvp replacement

  11. James says:

    Cross is saying Cazorla is a done deal for 20m pounds or 25m euros and he can play in a number of positions so lets see what happens

  12. htut linn says:

    if wenger is playing 4-4-2, what are the midfields? we can’t play 4-4-2. we have too much midfielders.

    it we are playing that formation, i think the midfield should be


  13. i know arsenal is the team , funs come back .this season we have to move away with a trophy . but let van pass live if he feels arsenal is not all enough for him .we shall get the replacement ,if beautiful ones are not yet born then y hurry .

    a man from the mountains of mbale uganda

  14. Jimmy says:

    I think he just admitted that Giroud and Podolski won’t play together much then.

  15. Chibuike says:

    Hope it works mr wenga

  16. wubagunner says:

    Sanga kosc verm gibbs
    (Jenikson) (merti) (bartley) (santos)

    Song Wilshere
    (Coqu, frimpo) (M’villa, diaby)

    Gaston( Rosciky, Ramsey)

    Chamberlin Giroud Podoliski
    (Walcot) (RVP) (Gervinho)

  17. i tink if gunners can go 4 real winger 2 supot chamberlin,gervinoh,den we can chalenge d trophy,pls let van p” go so dat he can run down lik flamini,nasri,hleb. gunners 4 lif

  18. blind pugh and his water bottle says:

    Why did AW sign him. He is not really a very good player. In fact we think he will be a liability over the next season. A three legged donkey can run faster and has far more ball control. AW should take a leaf out of Harry Rednapps book. He would have got this ageing carthorse for nothing. But I suppose he is good enough for the Woolwich Wankers.

  19. Gooner1 says:

    I don’t know how this will work if we switch back to 4-4-2. It would mean Coquelin, Diaby, Song, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky competeing for 2 places in central midfield.

  20. dejigold says:

    I believe in this coming season,arsenal will definitely win some trophies with the calibre of players that we have now

  21. Jimoh olaide badmus says:

    How far have they played together to understand each other? Can‘t wait to c d conbination

  22. Cla says:

    Sagna kos vermaelen santos
    Wilshere song arteta
    Giroud. Podolski

  23. Sean says:


    Sagna Kosceinly. Vermaelan Gibbs

    Song. Wilshere

    Walcott. Arteta. Podolski


  24. ahmed says:

    i think wenger should mould song into a centre back… the guys got the build to be on if the the best CB out there… take for example.. thiago silva was rubbish as a CDM… Kompany was hardly noticable as a midfielder… then mulded into centre backs and are the best out there!!
    tis all about

    Sagna Song Vermaelen Gibbs
    Walcott Wilshere Diaby Ox-chamberlain

  25. Andy Mack says:

    Maybe AW just expects RvP to return to his first love, the treatment table. No one can really expect RvP to stay injury free for 2 years…. Can they?

  26. Mikey says:

    When Arsenal.com are ready to publish either Sahin or Cazorla, there pictures will be ready here for the online store:


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