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Lukas Podolski | Forward | #9

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 183

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Lukas Podolski has moved from Arsenal to Galatasaray on a permanent move for a reported €4 million fee.
Podolski never really found his niche at Arsenal and after three seasons on the books at the North London club, including an unsuccessful loan spell at Inter Milan, he has left for Galatasaray. With Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all presumably in front of him in the pecking order for minute, Podolski moved to find a place where he can start regularly. The move makes sense for all parties with the Turkish giants being light on international talent compared to their normal mode of operation. Sat, Jul 4, 2015 10:17:00 AM

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Everton are considering giving Lukas Podolski another chance to prove himself in the Premier League.

Podolski never really fit in at Arsenal and struggled mightily from start to finish. He went out on loan last season to Inter Milan, where he was inconsistent at best. Podolski is only 29 and has proven to have the ability needed to perform at the top level but his recent season at the club level have been a huge disappointment and Everton will be taking a big risk if they sign him. If he ends up at Everton, he should be considered a risky late-round fantasy pick.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 03:36:00 AM

Rumors indicate that Arsene Wenger wants to clear out some spare attacking parts before making a significant bid for Jackson Martinez.

The names on the surplus list are Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, and Joel Campbell. According to a story in the Mirror the Arsenal Board wants to see all three sold to clear space in the squad and the salary structure before they authorize the signing of Porto's Jackson Martinez who has long been a rumored target. If the Porto man is acquired Martinez and Giroud would give Arsenal significant depth in powerful center forwards for the first time in recent memory.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 09:56:00 AM

Mere days after being elected to head the sport's world governing body for a fifth consecutive four-year term, Sepp Blatter has stepped down as the breadth and depth of scandal under his watch continues to come to light.

There is still no smoking gun linking Blatter to any personal misconduct, at least none that has been made public. The growing evidence against senior FIFA officials and likely pressure from sponsors and regional federations have combined to see the 40-year FIFA employee resign his post. Blatter will stay in office until a successor can be elected at an extraordinary FIFA Congress that will have to be organized. (Apologies to Lucas Podolski for being the player we associate this story with but he was a FIFA World Cup winner and we had to choose someone as we don't have a Sepp Blatter "player card" in our database).
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 02:33:00 PM

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has signed for Inter Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The German international flew to Italy late last week to undergo a medical and finalize a deal which has now been confirmed by Arsenal. Podolski scored 31 goals in 82 games since joining Arsenal from Cologne in 2012, but started just twice this season following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck. Podolski had a few words for Arsenal fans: "I can't express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me in my years in London! Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I've loved every minute playing for Arsenal and I hope I have left my mark on the club and fans alike. Hopefully we shall meet again!"
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has agreed to personal terms with Inter Milan.

The forward has been an outcast this season and has played only 106 minutes in the Premier League. He wasn't even able to get playing time when Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud suffered an injury. Despite him agreeing to personal terms with Inter, there hasn't been any news of the two teams agreeing on a fee for Podolski. Stay tuned as the story develops.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 09:01:00 PM

After failing to convince Arsene Wenger to loan or sell Joel Campbell, Galatasary are reportedly considering an approach for Gunner Lukas Podolski instead.

With the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, the return of Joel Campbell, Theo Walcott's recovery and Santi Cazorla's continued presence Lukas Podolski may find playing time difficult to come by this season. It seems unlikely that his World Cup Winner's Medal will be enough to keep the German international happy while sitting on the Emirates bench. There haven't been too many rumors about his departure recently but a move would make sense for the player while Arsenal could clear some or all of his wages from the books to make room for a starting holding midfielder.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 09:10:00 AM

As expected, Arsenal unveiled both their new Puma kits and highly anticipated new signing Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates today.

Let us count the ways that this improves the situation at the Emirates. First, he's a great player and a confirmation that Mesut Ozil wasn't a one-off top tier signing for Arsenal. Secondly, he fills multiple needs in his ability to play as a central forward instead of Olivier Giroud (offering a different set of issues for a defense) or as a compliment to Giroud in place of either Lukas Podolski (who hasn't been as effective as hoped) or Theo Walcott (who is frequently injured). Beyond his direct impact, Sanchez won't be going to Liverpool which hurts a rival. Finally, a bunch of money will be going to Barcelona that will, presumably, go to funding the purchase of Luis Suarez which further hurts one of Arsenal's rivals. Could it get any better for the Gunners? (OK, maybe if Mathieu Debuchy and Sami Khedira join Sanchez it gets better)
Source: @ArsenalFC
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Germany picked up three points to win their group after a 0-1 defeat of the United States.

Any questions of Germany taking it easy on the US were quickly dismissed after they began the match completely bossing play and attacking in clinical fashion. The US were able to dodge the bullets and keep the match goalless going into the half. Miroslav Klose's entrance in the 2nd half gave Germany that necessary component to break through, as Muller scored his 4th goal of the tournament on a crisp curling strike. He already earned the Golden Boot in the 2010 World Cup, and is looking to repeat the feat. Germany will likely face one of Algeria or Russia depending on the result later today.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 02:10:00 PM

We've heard this one before but of the Arsenal-related rumors the arrival of Mario Balotelli seems like the one with the most realism attached.

AC Milan seem to want to sell. Arsenal seem to want to buy and need options at both target and wide forward both of with Balotelli can play. Balotelli seems to want out of Serie A where he's been subject to racist chants. Puma seems interested in having their pitchman (Mr. Balotelli) playing for a team that wears their kits (Arsenal starting next season). This may still be a case of 2+2=4 journalism as opposed to anything real but unless Wenger is put off by Balotelli's volatile personality then it isn't clear who says no to this deal. Remember, Wenger is a guy who had a successful, albeit short, relationship with noted difficult personalities Nicolas Anelka and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 09:43:00 AM

The Metro are reporting that Arsenal will sign Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne after the World Cup if he shows well for the Italian team.

With Lukas Podolski not living up to expectations, Theo Walcott frequently injured and Santi Cazorla aging, Arsenal are tracking diminutive Italian wide attacker Insigne. The 5'4" winger can play on both sides of the forward in either a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 which would mean that Wenger is looking to strengthen the positions most regularly played by Podolski, Walcott, and Cazorla. If this rumor has legs, it would seem like a solid addition for the Gunners and would free them up to off-load Podolski's salary as well.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 09:33:00 AM

On the heels of yesterday's rumors of a possible sale to Manchester United, Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move back to Arsenal.

With Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and a holding midfielder as the presumptive starting options supporting Olivier Giroud (or an upgrade on Giroud), it isn't clear exactly who Cesc would bump from the starting line-up. What is clear is that Arsenal could use some depth more productive than Lukas Podolski, Cesc is a very good player, Wenger knows he can play in his system to great effect, and Arsenal are rumored to have a right of first refusal option should Barcelona decide to sell. Cesc would seem like a luxury purchase with holding midfielder, right back and forward seemingly bigger priorities than another attacking midfielder no matter how good.
Fri, May 23, 2014 09:35:00 AM

With Arsenal in dire need of points Lukas Podolski cancelled out West Ham's first half lead and then scored an insurance goal to ensure Arsenal all three points at home against the Hammers.

With many people predicting a trip up after a draining FA Cup semi-final over the weekend things were off to a rough start when Matt Jarvis scored the opener for West Ham. Lukas Podolski evened the score just before halftime to lighten the mood at the Emirates. In the second half Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski both scored to ensure victory for Arsenal as they continue their race with Everton for the final Champions League spot.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 08:01:00 PM

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will be available in Week 17 for the critical match with Chelsea on Monday.

It is hard to imagine Podolski's return coming in anything other than a substitute role. Even when he is fully match fit, it isn't clear that Podolski will have a starting role assuming that Giroud and Walcott are also fit. What does seem likely is that Podolski's presence will cut into Giroud's minutes and those of others. Fantasy managers should pay particular attention over the holiday period as the matches will come fast and furious and Arsene Wenger now has more options for rotation. There will undoubtedly be a few unwelcome surprises over the next couple of weeks and Podolski's return to health will be one of the causes.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Arsene Wenger revealed today that while he is making progress, Lukas Podolski "still needs two or three weeks before we see him on the pitch for Arsenal."

Olivier Giroud is beginning to wilt under the pressure of being Arsenal's only striking option, and Podolski's return can't come soon enough despite his not being a like-for-like replacement. Podolski, and the returning Theo Walcott at least give Wenger options in attack that he hasn't had much of this season.
Source: Arsenal
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 03:57:00 PM