Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly a very talented manager. He has been the driving force of Arsenal's success ever since he took charge in 1996. But he needs to use his German striker - Lukas Podolski - more often and when he does, he should deploy him up front.
Podolski is a dangerous player who is able to run at a defence and shoot at will. He is, however, not being appreciated fully due to the fact that he is benched and when he is called up, he is thrown on the left wing. He is suffering on the left amd he should be up front with Olivier Giroud.
Interestingly, this is exactly how Wenger played Thierry Henry when he was still a budding striking machine. When he managed Monaco, Wenger clearly suspected that Henry should be deployed as a striker but he put Henry on the left wing because he believed that his pace, natural ball control and skill would be more effective against full-backs than centre-backs.
Eventually, after playing stints at Monaco and Juventus, Henry came to Arsenal and the same manager that played him as winger then moulded him into a striker and used him as Nicholas Anelka's replacement. Henry's stats and records can speak for themselves as to why he was a better player attacking than on the wing.
Podolski is a natural striker. He made a name for himself at Bayern Munich and FC Koln up front.
If Wenger wants to see the best out of Podolski, he needs to treat him exactly how he treated Henry and play him at the front. Podolski offers qualities his Arsenal teammate Giroud doesn't - namely pace, sharpness and a willing desire to fire at goal when he gets the chance.
Pair Podolski and Theo Walcott (when fit) in attack in a 4-4-2 formation and you have an attacking force similar to the SAS. Arsenal would have its very own WALOSKI.
I hope Wenger can learn from his dealings with Henry and play Podolski up front.
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