Lukas Podolski has been out of the Arsenal squad with a hamstring injury since the end of August.

Having only just recently started training, in the wake of being declared fit to play, he will probably be on the bench for the Gunners in their important Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund tonight.

However, despite the fact that he is an important squad player when fit, Podolski has been in the transfer news repeatedly in the last two weeks, with speculation rising that he could be used as part of a swap deal for Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus or Julian Draxler.

As big as these signings would be for Arsenal, it isn't the right thing to do to sign these players.

Look what happened the last time Arsenal traded a player for someone else. They traded in the best left back in the Premier League, Ashley Cole, for the not as good, ageing William Gallas.

Trading in Podolski would be a risk that could stand to cost Arsene Wenger in the long-run. 

The German forward has scored 18 goals in 45 games since joining arriving at the Emirates in the summer of 2012. You could say that the Arsenal fans expected more from someone of his reputation, but he has had a topsy-turvy career which includes 46 goals in 111 games for Germany and 86 goals in 181 games in two different spells with Cologne.

He did have troublesome times at Bayern Munich but that is probably best put down to the fact that he struggled to fit into a side that played a different style of football to the one that he thrives on.

Podolski will most probably be on the bench against Dortmund and will hopefully get some game time against Man United on Saturday.

It would be stupid to sell him as he only signed last summer and he was a big deal when he came in, unlike Gervinho who really needed a fresh start.

Once Podolski gets back his match fitness he'll be back to his usual self. He brings a high spirit into the Arsenal changing room, has been a real special welcome for Mesut Özil and of course is a very talented player.

If Wenger were to let him go without giving him the chance to fully hit the peak of his powers in the Premier League it would be a shame not only for the club but for football fans up and down the country.

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