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Lukas Podolski | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 183

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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. Aug 8 - 9:10 AM
Source: ESPNFC.com

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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
Jul 10 - 4:36 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.
Jun 26 - 2:10 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.
Jun 17 - 9:43 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.
Jun 6 - 9:33 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.

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

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.
Source: ESPNFC.com
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