Lukas Podolski is officially the greatest finisher of all time in the history of football; and that's a fact. OK, so maybe it's not a fact. But the German does have an astonishingly good conversion rate in front of goal.
Research compiled by those good folks over at Opta looking into the deadliest finishers in front of goal over the last five years in the Premier League shows that the Arsenal man converts a whopping 27.9% of all chances that comes his way.
That puts him at the top of the pile ahead of some pretty illustrious rivals including Eden Hazard (fourth overall) and Javier Hernandez (third). Second on the list is Arsenal team-mate Mikel Arteta, although a large portion of his shots come from the penalty spot. The same goes for Leighton Baines in fifth place.
Podolski's unnerving accuracy in front of goal is well known amongst Arsenal fans, but still it's not enough to get him a spot in Arsene Wenger's team. The German has made it clear that he could leave the Gunners in the January window over his lack of game time, and he won't be short of suitors.
“I am not happy with the situation at the moment. It would be wrong to suggest that I am,” the Arsenal ace said. “I still have fun playing football but when the competitive element of it is taken away from me, the one I enjoy so much, then I am not happy. I have to think about will happen this winter and will look to hold talks with the club.”
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The former Bayern Munich forward is yet to make a start in the Premier League this season, and has racked up just four substitute appearances. Indeed his only start came in the Capital One Cup against Southampton - a game which Arsenal lost 2-1.
Podolski joined the Gunners from Cologne in 2012 for a fee of around £10 million, to date making 77 appearances and scoring 29 goals in the process. However the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona over the summer has blocked his route to the first team, and given the Chilean's success so far it doesn't look as though he will be back anytime soon.