Arsenal head coach confirms he has been working with Germany star Lukas Podolski in a centre forward position.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Germany international Lukas Podolski, and said that the 27 year-old could win the chance to play up front for the Gunners.
Podolski has been quite vocal in stating that his preferred position is as the central striker, but has tended to be deployed on the left wing throughout his time in north London, and it has been hard to argue with the numbers.
On the flank, the German has been impressively productive, with eleven goals and ten assists from his starts in that position in all competitions – as well as two goals as a substitute.
However, with Olivier Giroud incredibly yet to find the net for the Gunners outside London in the Premier League despite eleven top flight goals, perhaps Podolski will get his chance up front sooner rather than later.
Certainly Arsene Wenger has recently been effusive in his praise.
“Podolski was injured when we played at Bayern and won,” said Wenger to Arsenal.com.
“After that, we won at Swansea… sometimes you have periods like that and I think he can play as a central striker as well.
“I work a lot with him as a central striker at the moment. He is a quality player and when he comes on you can see that straight away. You don’t get 100 caps by luck.
“Honestly he has a great attitude. He never moans, he never has a bad phase, he is always positive.”
It would appear that reports of Podolski and Wenger falling out were greatly exaggerated.