Arsenal star Lukas Podolski just can’t catch a break at the moment. Not only was he frozen out of Arsene Wenger’s squad at the Emirates Stadium last season, loaned out to Inter Milan - where he’s currently struggling to impress - and looking highly unlikely to have any sort of Premier League career when his spell in Italy returns, but he’s also apparently forgotten how to take corners.
In footage captured from Inter Milan’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina yesterday the World Cup winner produced what can only be described as one of the most tame efforts to deliver a ball into the area that you’re likely to ever see.
As he lined up an out-swinger with his favoured left-foot we’re not sure whether or not he decided to attempt a ball to the edge of the box, or whether he just got caught in two minds as to what to do with it. What he ended up creating was, unfortunately for him, a viral clip that has reinforced the idea that he’s a player drastically low in confidence.
The 29-year-old’s drab performance was the latest in a string of under-par showings, and even generated what could be perceived as criticism from Roberto Mancini. The ex-Manchester City boss, now in charge at the San Siro, implied Podolski needed to work harder; not exactly morale-boosting stuff.
Just what the future holds for the Germany international remains to be seen, with question marks hanging over his suitability in north London and the calling to return to his home nation likely very strong.
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Over the past few months Podolski has found himself linked with more than one Bundesliga club, and if he is to depart the Premier League for good one would expect that it would be for familiar shores.
Having said that there may be other avenues for a player with his pedigree, both in Europe and elsewhere. A transfer to the MLS would see him pick up a sizeable pay packet in a division where he could become a leading star, and there are sure to be other forthcoming offers from lesser footballing continents if it’s money that is his primary interest.
Arsenal fans, does Podolski have a future under Arsene Wenger? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...