German has spent much of this campaign out on the wing.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger says that front man Lukas Podolski will be given an opportunity to play as a central striker in the north London club’s remaining three Premier League games of the season.
The experienced Germany international has enjoyed an up-and-down first campaign in English football, having arrived at the Emirates on a long-term deal from Bundesliga outfit FC Koln last summer for an undisclosed fee.
However, after a bright start to his Gunners career, the 27-year-old has since faded badly, scoring only nine times in 30 top-flight matches for Wenger’s side, and 14 times in 39 contests in all competitions.
But equally Podolski has spent the majority of his first season in the Premier League marooned out on the flanks, as opposed to in his more favoured central striking position from where he made his name in Germany.
And now his French coach will be hoping that a switch up front will result in a change in fortune in front of goal for the player capped 108 times by Germany.
“It believe so [that Podolski can be effective in the middle], he has the qualities because he is a good finisher,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“He has a good technique and because we have a game based on very quick combinations I believe he can be a part of that. Overall I am convinced in the coming games he will show it.
“At the moment, yes [I will play Podolski in the middle]. A definite decision has not been made but if there is an opportunity then there is a good chance I will do it.”