Lukas Podolski says he’d rather play more centrally for Arsenal than out wide. Depending on where you read his quotes he’s ‘demanded’, ‘thrown down the gauntlet’ or followed the path trodden by Theo Walcott.
Of course he hasn’t demanded, hasn’t thrown anything, and we know that Walcott’s public demand to play as a central striker in a system in which he knows he can’t play as a central striker is a ruse to deflect from his own part in the contract issue that’s ongoing.
Still, the German says, “I’d rather play centrally up front,” he said. “On the left I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. I am not a classical winger.”
This fact may explain why some games he’s very much switched on defensively, others not so much. And saying you’d rather play in a certain position is hardly an open show of dissent as some make it out to be.
He’d rather play centrally. Chances are he’s not going to do that very often, unless we change our formation or Olivier Giroud is injured or loses his form.
Teacup, please meet storm. It also seems his desire to play in the middle comes from wanting to improve.
“I am getting along well, for sure, but I demand more of myself – I want to play even better,” he said. And there’s no reason he can’t play better out wide.