Arsene Wenger has hinted that Lukas Podolski could lead the line at Arsenal after indicating he’s been working on the player in training.
The 27-year-old signed last summer having spent two years as a central striker in the Bundesliga, but despite spearheading the attack on his debut against Sunderland has been predominantly deployed from the left flank.
With a creditable 14 goals this term, including the third in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Norwich, Wenger admitted that the German international has proved he has an eye for goal even if playing time has been limited in the last two months.
“Podolski was injured when we played at Bayern and won,” Wenger told Arsenal.com on Saturday.
“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.”
Meanwhile Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, another of the Gunners weekend super-subs, has spoken about taking confidence from last year’s run in as Arsene Wenger’s squad again look to secure Champions League football with a late charge.
“It helps to know that we managed to squeeze in last season for the Champions League in the way that we did,” said the England man.
“If you look at Wigan and the way they stayed up last season then I’m sure the confidence and belief in their camp is high.
“That’s what it does for a squad. Previous experiences can help you and contribute to the way that you feel the season afterwards. The fact that we did it last season definitely helps our confidence to do it again this time.”