Lukas Podolski has enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League with Arsenal, but is Arsene Wenger missing a trick by restricting the German to the left-wing?
Podolski has impressed at the Emirates stadium this year but has been used sparingly by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. He has been substituted 19 times in his 21 starts in the Premier League despite scoring eight goals from a wide position.
Recently, Arsenal have been linked with many different strikers, such as Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, and Auxerre's Yaya Sanogo. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have occupied the striker role this season with Marouane Chamakh also being given the chance in the Capital One Cup. Podolski, capped 108 times by Germany, has started just one game in the role, and this was on his debut against Sunderland.
But could trying Podolski in the striker role ease the pressure on the other two? With Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner all destined for the exit door this summer, it seems that there will be a re-shuffle of the attacking options at the club.
With Walcott injured and Gervinho hitting form on the wing, could this the time to give Podolski his opportunity to shine as a centre forward? His pace, strength and rocket of a left-foot would surely create havoc for West Brom, but Wenger is unlikely to drop Giroud after scoring in the 4-1 win against Reading?
Or could he switch to a two-striker formation, as he did against Bayern Munich and let the two work together? Either way, the club is not short of options on the wing, with Gervinho, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin and even young Serge Gnabry able to play there.
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