Lukas Podolski was recruited by Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and it was thought that the German and fellow newcomer, Olivier Giroud, were purchased to fill the boots of Robin van Persie.
Prior to joining Arsenal, Podolski played for both Bayern Munich and FC Cologne where he demonstrated his supreme goalscoring ability while playing as a central-striker, where he was very successful.
Podolski is also very impressive when playing for his native Germany managing to earn 110 caps within a very competitive German team. However, Podolski is often positioned on the left when playing with his country which is also where he is deployed when playing for Arsenal.
There have been mixed feelings among Arsenal fans about where his best position is with the main options being a striker and playing on the left.
In his debut season for Arsenal, Podolski scored 16 goals, 11 of them in the Premier League, and grabbed 11 assists. For a large part of the season, Podolski was played on the left channel where he used his attacking experience to exploit opposition defences, deliver threatening balls into danger areas and create chances for others.
In addition to this supporting role, Podolski used his goal poaching instinct to score some spectacular and important goals. Combining intelligent movement with his clinical consumption of chances proved to be very successful in the Premier League.
In this role Podolski was able to help the whole team - this is because he was able to express his attacking desire in the final third of the pitch as well as providing sufficient defensive cover when Arsenal were put under pressure when they were not in possession. Another benefit of Podolski playing on the inside left position is his ability to link up with Olivier Giroud.
On several occasions last season, the two of them combined well and proved to be deadly when penetrating opposition defences.
During the 2012/13 season Podolski was substituted very often and rarely completed 90 minutes of football. There were rumours that he had a long term ankle injury preventing him from playing 90 minutes of football which Podolski recently said was no longer a problem.
Overall, in his first season with the gunners Podolski demonstrated his intelligent movement, clinical finishing and hunger in the final third of the pitch.
Although he did well in his first season, both himself and fans know that he is capable of more and both will be eager for the start of the new season.
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