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Lukas Podolski | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 183

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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. Apr 15 - 8:01 PM

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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

No word yet on when he may be ready to feature in a match but Lukas Podolski has returned to training for Arsenal ahead of a difficult stretch of matches.

Arsenal face Liverpool, Dortmund and Manchester United over the next 11 days and they will be glad to have additional striking depth in the form of Lukas Podolski who has returned to training. With Nicklas Bendtner looking lackluster-at-best in his opportunities and Olivier Giroud needing some cover, the German international's return couldn't come at a better time. Whether Podolski starts on Giroud's left flank or deputizes for the Frenchman, it will create more attacking flexibility for Arsene Wenger. Fantasy managers should probably assume that Podolski will take a reserve role through the Manchester United match as he works his way back into the team.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 01:41:00 PM

Initial reports had Lukas Podolski out for 3 weeks but Arsene Wenger is now indicating that the German might be out for up to 10 weeks.

With Arsenal's transfer activities stalled and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also out injured the spot to the left of Olivier Giroud in Arsenal's 4-3-3 is very much up in the air. With Sunday's match as critical as early season matches can be, Arsene Wenger's line-up adjustments will have to work.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Lukas Podolski went off clutching his hamstring early in the second half of Arsenal's Champions League match with Fenerbahce on Tuesday and is expected to miss about 3 weeks.

Arsenal are already weakened in the wide attacking positions having lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier in the season. With Podolski now also out for the North London Derby and Gervinho off to Roma the Gunners will have to reshuffle the deck as they line up for a critical early-season match. Kieran Gibbs subbed in for Podolski on Tuesday and matched the German with both instrumental in setting up Ramsey goals. Arsenal's choices for the Spurs match will depend entirely on who is healthy by then but Podolski will definitely miss out.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 08:00:00 PM

Lukas Podolski scored his first two goals of the season in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Fulham.

Podolski got the start today on the left wing and the German international did not disappoint. The first goal came on a strong kick at the top of the box after keeper David Stockdale parried a shot from Theo Walcott right to Podolski's feet. The second was an accurate clinical finish from the left edge of the box, setup by a Cazorla pass. Podolski can produce in fantasy when he plays, he just hasn't been able to charm Arsene Wenger into securing a regular place, making him a risky investment in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Arsenal F Lukas Podolski has made it clear he won't be leaving the club this summer.

Podolski has been linked with Turkish club Galatasaray this summer but has made it clear that he won't be leaving Arsenal after coming over last summer. "I feel very comfortable and I am completely satisfied with my first year in England. I have no intention to leave the club." He scored 16 goals this past season,
Source: Football 365
Mon, May 27, 2013 11:48:00 AM