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Jul

'I think Podolski will play centrally for us', reveals Wenger


Written by Chris Wheatley

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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.


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A-Star
3 years 6 months ago

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

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Goonerr
3 years 6 months ago

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

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 :)

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Tony zachariah
3 years 6 months ago

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!!!

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Alex
3 years 6 months ago

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.

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3 years 6 months ago

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… Read more »

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eric
3 years 6 months ago

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

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

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Murtado
3 years 6 months ago

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

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Roland C Rozario
3 years 6 months ago

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!

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Harold
3 years 6 months ago

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

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

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

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James
3 years 6 months ago

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

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

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

gervinho,song,arteta,walcott

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

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

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Jimmy
3 years 6 months ago

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

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3 years 6 months ago

Hope it works mr wenga

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wubagunner
3 years 6 months ago

Sanga kosc verm gibbs (Jenikson) (merti) (bartley) (santos) Song Wilshere (Coqu, frimpo) (M’villa, diaby) Gaston( Rosciky, Ramsey) Chamberlin Giroud Podoliski (Walcot) (RVP) (Gervinho)

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3 years 6 months ago

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

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blind pugh and his water bottle
3 years 6 months ago

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.

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Gooner1
3 years 6 months ago

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.

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dejigold
3 years 6 months ago

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

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Jimoh olaide badmus
3 years 6 months ago

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

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Cla
3 years 6 months ago

Szcesny
Sagna kos vermaelen santos
Wilshere song arteta
RvP
Giroud. Podolski
4-3-1-2

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Sean
3 years 6 months ago

Szcesny

Sagna Kosceinly. Vermaelan Gibbs

Song. Wilshere

Walcott. Arteta. Podolski

Girouid

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ahmed
3 years 6 months ago

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

Szcesny
Sagna Song Vermaelen Gibbs
Walcott Wilshere Diaby Ox-chamberlain
Podolski
Giround

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Andy Mack
3 years 6 months ago

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?

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Mikey
3 years 6 months ago

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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