Lukas Podolski may not be achieving much on the pitch this season, but off of it his popularity is at an all-time high. The German international has started a grand total of zero Premier League games so far this season, but Arsenal fans still chant his name as if he was their all-time goalscorer.
Obviously his contribution to Arsenal on the pitch is minimal, but he is certainly keeping morale high in what has otherwise been a shaky start to the season. His antics on social media have earned him something like cult status at the Emirates Stadium.
Podolski was again named on the bench for Arsenal's crunch Premier League clash against Southampton, but he was in high spirits as always, as his antics with team-mate Alexis Sanchez confirms.
While Sanchez was receiving his in-house player of the month award, Podolski took the chance to crash the presentation with a timely photobomb. Luckily the cameraman's trigger finger was on the money to capture what is now a hit on social media.
Arsenal fans should savour the jester from Germany while they can because all the signs point towards an exit in the January transfer window. Arsene Wenger is looking to reinforce his defence with a couple of additions but needs to raise funds.
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Joking on borrowed time
Podolski is a valuable asset and earns £100,000-a-week. Selling him could not only generate around £5 million but would free up £6 million-a-year in wages. As he is barely playing, it makes sense for all parties to go their separate ways.
His lack of action can be attributed to Sanchez, who has been a revelation since his summer move from Barcelona. As his award suggests, he has been by far Arsenal's best player this season, already bagging 14 goals in all competitions.
Sanchez reaffirmed his role as Arsenal's key player by scoring a late winner for the Gunners in Wednesday's match against the Saints. The win kept them within touching distance of the top four in the Premier League.