Injury free Podolski ready for new season

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Lukas Podolski has admitted an ankle injury hampered his first season with Arsenal, but having put that behind him is ready to do more for the Gunners in the upcoming campaign.

Despite his troubles, he still had quite impressive stats, scoring 16 times and making 11 assists, and the German international is hoping for more as Arsenal look to forward to a new season.

“I had a problem with my ankle, I lost a lot of matches and now I am fully fit and will be prepared for the next season,” he told the Mirror.

“My ankle is fine now. I worked on it throughout the break with the physio, I had rest and a lot of exercises and it feels fine now. It was a problem with the muscles and the ankle but now it’s all OK and I am pain free.

“It was my first year in the Premier League and I think I did well but you always feel you can do better. I will try to play better, score more goals and do some assists for Arsenal. It’s very important that we qualify for the Champions League and fight for the championship. That’s the most important thing.”

The German also set out his, and the team’s ambitions for 2013-14, but like other players before him this week has highlighted the need for new arrivals.

“We fight for trophies next season. When you look at the finish to the season, if we bring in some players as well then we will have the belief we can take into next season.

“It will not be easy. Everyone thinks it’s easy to get a trophy. You have five or six teams who fight for first place. It’s not like in Spain where it’s just two teams and in Germany you just have Dortmund and Bayern.

“It’s not easy in England. It’s so competitive. But at Arsenal we have good players, a great coach and great fans. Arsenal is a very big team and we want to win trophies.”

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mike

good bloke podolski, show your ruthless side infront of goal mate and all will be well. Loving the preseason understanding he has going on with our HFB

Harsh

ruthless side in front of goal……. and the weird, the crazy and the funny side on the sidelines, in training, in the dressing room and in roaming around london……. that’s like the perfect footballer………

Voldermort

It all begs the question, why was we playing a player with an injury in the first place. Maybe had we had a bigger squad we could have rested him more and got a fully fit player instead of one that was less than 100% fit.

ArseRapture

LANS

ArsenalFanChina

Fit as a fiddle eh? Not a bad first season. More thunderbolts please. A fit Wilshere and Podolski plus already fit Walcott, Giroud, Arteta and Cazorla. Add a few good signings to that and we should be capable of 1. change the ‘qualify’ for champions league to ‘challenge’ for champions league 2. change the ‘challenge’ for premier league to ‘win’ the premier league. FA cup and that other toy cup should be in the bag too.

A very depressing transfer window so far, but lets keep the faith.

We love you Arsenal We Do!

jack jack jack

What a lovely ray of positivity to wake up to. I shall bask in its warm glow a while longer before bacon calls.

killbot

I think we have a better team than most give us credit for. Let’s all get behind the team regardless of who we don’t sign.

DoubleDoubleDouble

That photo is one for the ladies.

Ricky

Just glad he didn’t need surgery as our Medical team are hopeless at saying when players will be back

WengersNoseHair

Because the most important thing in football is your medical staff’s ability to predict something unpredictable. Absolutely bang on.

growler

For GODs sake! sign somebody..

squillaci is judas

HES FUCKING LANS!!!

Juice

Got to be optimistic with no important players leaving us and some of the most important players being more fit and more settled this year.

Really with 2 more top signings we could achieve something.. So depressing this summer so far but gotta hope!!

Mooro

If you take out the youngsters who’ve not played for us at the top level yet, take out those left that should never play for us again, take out the ones who might not be here much longer (Gervinho, Frimpong), then the 2 who can’t play (TV5 and Diaby), that leaves us 15 senior outfield players to start the season with.

With 27 days to go.

Ho hum.

Mikel Artekkers

Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Nacho, Jenks, Gibbs
Rosicky, Arteta, Santi, Wilshere, Ramsey
Podolski, Giroud, Walcott, Ox

Looks like we could do with a winger, a striker, a defensive midfielder and a centre back…
27 days and to be honest we’re most likely scraping the bottom of the barrel now, all the good players get signed early. I can’t take another year of only being 3 players away from a good team.

mike

judging from preseason so far and the Sunderland game we might be ok with Sagna as 4th dc which will allow us the following benefits, 1 more game time thus development potential for jenks, 2 allow us to bring up a new understudy right back which will further develop jenks mentally and professionally, 3 it allows this money to be spent on more urgently weak areas, like striker and defensive midfielder. these are the 2 areas I’d colour red in terms of urgency, red yellow green in order. rightback youth/gk id colour yellow. Wingers i feel were ok for.

ckmma

It gets worse because apparently Kos and Szcz are out as well, We now have only 1 fit Senior CB and GK… I think were gona need to spend more than 70 mil just to make the team competitive at this rate.

Juice

shiat

TomJ

We are doomed, done for…the end of the World is nigh… Sorry for the sarcasm, but do people not think it is only right that the younger players and fringe squad members get a chance to show what they can do in pre- season before signings are made? Is this not the way it should be. Fair enough we know we need a couple of top class players, but the cash is there to buy when they get home and a fair assessment of what we need has been made. I think the likes of Higuain has the quality to… Read more »

Bonjour

15 outfield players? That’s scarily reminiscent of summer 2011, when against Man Utd we had Aasdfil, IJCdwj, Zdifjo, Pifwfic, Qwdsi, Zqfo and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench and lost 8-2.

TomJ

And whats more, Gnabry is a Cert to be promoted to the first team. A Cert

Voldermort

Seriously looking at it like that its frightening what is happening here.

Mikel Artekkers

Who needs signings when you have LANS?

Thomas

Obviously, you are talking about TGSTEL?

Ceejay

Liked his first season. Much more in the offing should he stay fit. Go on Poldi!

The only olivier is giroud

Am I the only one around here who’s getting a semi at the thought of a fully fit Poldi dropping bombs from the left of the pitch, with Walcott zipping in from the right while HFB, Cazorla and the Ox (who seems to be migrating toward a more central role) blasting teams through the middle? Just ONE more signing (fuck the 3 we were asking for earlier) would get me proper amped.
Ps. Loving the “Squillaci is Judas” username! 😀

NIALLI

Podolski reminds me of Ljungberg which is a very good thing!

I’d like to see us sign…
GK: Begovic from Stoke
CB: Papdopoulos from Schalke
AM: Bernard from Athletico Mineiro
ST: Higuain from Real Madrid

Easily within our 70 million budget

DoubleDoubleDouble

I’d like to see us sign…

GK: Yashin
CB: Moore
AM: Socrates
ST: Puskas

Easily within our 70 million budget.

VictoriaConcordiaCrescit

Not a good idea, Socrates’ movement and work rate has really declined in recent years. To almost Adebayor levels.

DoubleDoubleDouble

He he, but if someone ran a story about Arsenal wanting to sign them, you’d probably still get a load of people agreeing and then having a go at Wenger for missing out.

killbot

I think we should sign:
GK Karl Marx
DC Lenin
AMC Trotsky
FC Freud

Easily within our 70m budget and they’d be happy with our wage structure!

I signed them all in FM and won the CL five years in a row! I don’ know why wenger, law, and Gazidis don’t sign more players- man city make it look so easy!

/sarcasm

Maximus

‘And they’d be happy with our wage structure’

Genius

Bonjour

Marx Lenin and Trotsky you’ve signed three left wingers there, making Podolski useless and stifling Oxlade-Chamberlain’s development

TeeCee

It doesn’t matter. As they’re all dead, I can’t see them playing any more minutes than Diaby.

mike

ok, theres immediately a problem, papadopoulos… he is the type of dc like kos and verm, have you noticed what happens when we play 2 aggressive C.B together? we need Mertesacker’s calming presence and intelligence now your plan is to have 3 seperate partners for mertesacker? what happens if he gets injured? i feel we’d be better off with Sagna in this situation due to his expericence. higuain i support, begovic…ell i wouldn’t be against it, but i feel its less urgent that the gaping hole in your suggested signings, A DM

Yarrr

Jovetic to City for £22m. Another prospect gone at a good price. This is becoming farcical!!!!!

killbot

He really isn’t worth 22m.

Juice

Player is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for him.

Economicy 101

jack jack jack

Yes, worth that to them, but not necessarily worth that to us. Oil money has essentially made market price a redundant indicator of worth; for Wenger, price = marginal benefit, and Jovetic probably isn’t worth £22m to us.

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Sorry.

Economicy?

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WengersNoseHair

From what I gather Jovetic is more of a SS than a CF, and I think we would prefer a CF like Higuain. Also, I don’t think Jovetic is quite the level of forward we are looking for. Is he that much of an improvement over Giroud and Podolski? Not really. He’s better at City because they already have Dzeko and Aguero, so Jovetic is good back-up, and brings something different for them, he wouldn’t be as important to us, I think.

Arshavin's Dietician

We definitely need another central midfielder.

We have Wilshere, Rosicky, Ramsey, Diaby who have all had injury problems.

That leaves us with Arteta & Cazorla. Arteta is getting on a bit & can’t do his tireless work every game & Cazorla hasn’t had a real break since summer 2011.

Weed Wisdom

The last time Ramsey had an injury was a couple of years ago, and that was the result of a tackle from horrible oaf. Not a hamstring, metatarsal, ankle, knee, etc, injury.

WengersNoseHair

The Ox is also really a central midfielder, although we have mostly used him on the wings because we are a bit thin there.

NIALLI

I don’t think DM is necessarily a problem. The Ox would be perfect in their with his work rate.
Papadopoulos I see your point, the only other CB I’ve heard about is Ashley Williams

mike

the ox is still a few years shy in experience to be the same kind of player arteta is in that position, ramsey would be a closer fit, but a bit of muscle would be benificial especially if it comes with some height and arial ability, increses out chances in all set peices bar penalties both attack and defence wise, furthermore it frees arteta as a more attacking player in terms of Wengers choice of players and formation. Ashley williams is ok, not a bad signing by any means, but that dosnt mean it is a wise signing in terms… Read more »

Black Hei

I am bout the only one here who will partially agree with Nailli, given that he has 13 thumbs down. I think that the OX can play CM alongside Ramsey. Saw him at the last game against Newcastle as a replacement for Arteta. The Newcastle midfield, Tiote and all couldn’t handle him. Fast on the break and full of muscle. You can’t push him off the ball and you can’t press him while he has it. He is tidy in possession and a risk free option to pass to.

WengersNoseHair

Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably more suited to CM rather than DM.

Arsenal4Life

Off topic: I had an dream last night that we loaned the Ox and Yaya Sanogo to AC Milan, and everyone lost their minds because we still hadn’t bought anyone. Glad that was just a dream. 😀
On topic: looking forward to seeing more hammers from fit Poldi like that one against West Ham. (mind the pun)

Arsenal4Life

*a dream

frrrred

In almost every photo hes always doing the thumb up and a cheesy smile. This photo here must be fake!

NIALLI

Or the thunderbolt against Montpellier.

The height point is very well made, especially if Giroud has competition up front.

NIALLI

I think we would be a lot better off at set pieces if we dump this zonal marking mallarkey regardless of height.

GunnerJake

i would punch my mother to get higuain to sign

higuaininthemembrane

Me too.

Bucks

But I love my mother

WengersNoseHair

I’m not sure how punching your mum is going to impress Higuain to join us.

Dial square

I’d punch your mother in to a battered bleeding pulp to get Higuain.

Do it for Ramsey

That’s 4 players highlighted a need for signings. Ignore them at your peril.

ANS

Don’t know if anyone’s heard but apparantly Monreal is injured (until October) and Koscielny hurt his ankle.

That leaves us with:

RB: Sagna, Jenks
CB: Merteswagger, Sagna (?)
LB: Gibbs (already fairly prone to injury)

I’d say a player who can play both CB and LB wouldn’t go amiss.

TomJ

I heard Monreal isnt a bad left back.We should go out and get him

DB10

Does the name Miquel ring a bell?

Black Hei

Sagna can play, LB, RB and CB. Maybe we should get a starting RB to compete with Jenks as Sagna will have his hands full filling in for everyone.

deano

Set yourself target of 20 goals next season Poldi and you’ll do just fine.

Got to say this transfer window is getting very depressing!!!

Wishful thinking

Still thinking and wishing

jason

Ok let me start by saying I thinking Walcott is a good player and is always improving but i cant stand the guy i dont like anything about him truthly.

Look at this article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2370844/Theo-Walcott-Contract-wrangle-Arsenal-life-difficult-I-want-repay-manager-winning-trophies.html#

He saids he was under immense preasure negotating with Arsenal how high his wages will be. 🙁

I cringe reading or looking at every Theo walcott interview written down.

WengersNoseHair

To ordinary people like us £75k a week is a ridiculous amount of money, but for a professional footballer at a top club, he probably looks at other players in a similar position and reckons he’s underpaid. I know it’s distasteful, but that’s just how professional football is. If he bangs in 25 goals next season I’m sure no one will complain too much though. Fingers crossed.

Voldermort

Pressure is trying to pay your mortgage or rent or worrying if you will have a job tomorrow.
That’s the trouble with players these days they are farther away from the average fan than they have ever been.
And theo is playing at a club that just continues to take its fan base for granted year after year.

jason

Exactly i dont like to quote mourinho but i love his quote about preasure. “preasure is millions of people in the world, parents with no money to buy food for their children thats preasure this is football this is not preasure”

Theo goes around showing off with Wilshere that they have matching Ferraris! Yet he thinks hes needs more wages. 🙁

I dont partically hate anyone at Arsenal i like all the players but something about Theo just grinds me gears.

DarthRhyder

pressure*

Voldermort

And spurs make another signing. He may be shit who knows, I’ve never heard of him but I don’t follow foreign football but at least they are trying. While we just sit on hands doing fuck all. Don’t you just love the people that run this once great club of ours. I can understand the American, he wants money so fair enough, he has no love for arsenal and even gazidis, he’s in his payroll and will do his bidding and again has no feeling for the club. But I just don’t get arsene playing along with these bunch of… Read more »

jason

True and money is not a issue , some say these players are valued at to high of a price but thats not the issue, how do i know this? Its simple Goalkeepers often dont break the bank Júlio César for example.

So if we dont have a expereinced goalkeeper signed up to compete with szczesny then thats proof we just aint interested in spend only making false promises to sell season tickets.

Fatgooner

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there is a crisis of senior management at Arsenal. Whatever your “business model” does it make any sense to persevere with a manager so criminally profligate as Wenger? Just look at the dross we’ve gotten rid of this summer – all Wenger signings who cost the club a fortune in wages without delivering very much. And by get again vacillating and trying to play hardball, the Nutty Professor has probably lost out on getting another top-quality player. By the time we return form the Far East, all the quality may well… Read more »

slim

‘All Wenger signings’. . . . .here is hoping some Roich signing is not hiding somewhere in our locker room going undetected for about 18 years now.

Dial square

Well said Volds, as much as I love the club, I just don’t get Wenger, I don’t get what he’s thinking, surely he wants to win the league and the champions league, and surely he knows he can’t do it with this squad. So when he’s handed a fucking great wad of money what is it that goes on in his head that stops him from spending it. I don’t give a fuck if Higuain is over priced, every fucking footballer is over priced since Chelski and City became bankrolled playthings, we’ve done fantastically well selling players and made millions… Read more »

Hank Scorpio

Great news. An injury free Podolski is like signing a new player

weedwacker

We will start the season with what we got. What’ve we got? The core of the England team for the foreseeable. A few French lightly fringe. Some 2nd tier Spanish. And………… I forgot the Germans, my bad? Have we even got enough kids to face Doncaster in the capital one cup? I don’t know. I seems that any injury will create a crisis. God I’m still depressed

frrrred

Well good fucking going Arsene you’ve dithered and dithered and finally allowed Higuain to play right into Napolis hands.

And you can aswell forget about Suarez as Madrid will now come in full force for him. Funny thing is he said
“We have the money but quality lacks in the market” e.t.c

Bollocks!

WengersNoseHair

Ancelotti has said that nothing has been agreed with Napoli. Calm down, none of us know what’s going on with Higuain.
Think about it, beside Higuain, what quality strikers are there? Suarez and maybe Rooney. That’s all! Suarez is over-priced, and Rooney probably will be too, I’m sure United will want at least £40m for him.
I think there’s a better chance of Higuain staying at Madrid than there is of him joining Napoli or Chelsea, but hopefully that doesn’t happen.

Mooro

If the reports coming out of Italy are true, and we don’t act NOW to match Napoli’s bid, this will go down as the most imcompent, fucked up transfer window, even by our standards, and that’s saying something.

All I can hear are Gary Neville’s words at the end of the season, about what a golden opportunity we now had to kick on, and we are royally fucking it up.

There’s no hiding place. There’s no excuses. It’s a fucking disgrace.

Matt

This happened because we don’t seem to realise we don’t know how to do this. Real Madrid Schooled us. They would have known that Falcao and caviani were going to get sold for fuck loads, so there would be 2 clubs with a shit load of money looking for a new striker. We seem to have been oblivious to that. We twatted about with suarez when there is no chance of us ever buying him, and probably don’t want him anyway. Utterly incompetent.

plin333

Personally, I get the feeling that we’ve been used to flush out interest from other clubs. I think that if all parties had wanted the deal to go through it would have happened by now. I wonder if speaking so openly about having money to spend has resulted in us getting ‘played’.

davidnewzealand

Real concern with Podolski’s injury. Sounds like they don’t know what the problem is. Surgery can’t fix it. So its rest and physio which essentially means don’t play. Sure it feels good now because he has been out for six weeks. What happens when he rolls his ankle again or takes a couple of knocks ? Rest and physio all season is on the cards I fear.

NorthernGoon

It’s reight Bendtner will get his chance again next season. Wenger knows…

plin333

He’ll definitely still be hanging around! I get the feeling he’ll keep pricing himself out of potential transfer moves until he gets the denilson/santos termination deal.

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Silent Stanley

I went fishing yesterday in the mountains. So refreshing. I urge every Arsenal fan to do the same and free themselves from the Transfer Madness.

Silent Stanley

I went fishing yesterday in the mountains. So refreshing. I urge every Arsenal fan to do the same and free themselves from the Transfer Madness.

Voldermort

We have no mountains in southern England only hills. If we did I think more arsenal fans would be inclined to throw themselves off them rather than fish in them with what’s going on at the arsenal.

LANS

If true, then this is great news for us.
Podolski was probably the most subbed player in the PL last season.
More FK thunderbolts from the crazy German please!

heihaci

we could always go for Papis Cisse..he won’t get our pulses racing like Higuain but would score plenty of goals for us IMO

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