Friday, February 23, 2024

Wenger hails striking duo

Arsene Wenger has hailed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud after their goals fired Arsenal to 3 points at Craven Cottage today.

The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half, followed by two strikes from the German’s Hammeriffic left foot, and speaking to the media afterwards the Arsenal manager was quick to praise their efforts.

Speaking about Podolski he said, “I am pleased for him because he hasn’t started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances.

“I am pleased because he plays with a lot of spirit and he can score goals. Everybody in the squad loves Lukas and I want to keep him. When a player doesn’t play he is not happy and recently he did not always start but if you look at his and Giroud’s goalscoring record it’s very good.”

And Giroud, who got his third goal in as many games this season, also drew praise from his manager.

“His second season is always better than his first one. You could see as well technically today that he was quite impressive. His physical presence up front is very important and I think he looks like he’s much more confident than last year.”

Podolski had been linked with a move away from the club this week, with Schalke apparently interested, but Wenger ruled out any chance of him leaving the club.

On the evidence of today. that’s very much a good thing.

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Saurabh

He’s got a left foot more lethal than that dutch cunt’s..

gooner

off topic but can’t help but think that would have been six points in the bag but for that cunt of a ref. and fuck Mike Riley too

ian musgrove

fact that too many people have overlooked

WengersNoseHair

How is that in any way a reply to what Saurabh said?

Sebastian A.C.

Well, he did say “off topic”…

WengersNoseHair

So? Make it your own comment, instead of needlessly replying to someone else’s.

Footie-Ninja

Well played, team! 3 more signings and we are fighting for titles. COYG!

Johnnnycakes

Could you imagine how good we would be with a world class striker.

Franzsigel

Well, Giroud and Poldi might have more than enough class. So perhaps we are more in need of another central defender and a top class defensive midfielder…

Harsh

look, i know people are not gonna like this….. but i have a feeling that wenger things that koscielney , mertesacker, and vermalen(soon to return to fitness) and sagna who is versetile, along with jeckinson, gibbs , and monreal(who wenger mentioned at the time of siogning that he also versitie), all this players are more trhan enough to cover our defending back four…………… we are light in midfield and up front , so we will see a couple of signings this summer….. not more not less………… tjhis is far from ideal, but thinking in a detactched way and keeping in… Read more »

Jamerican guy

Podolski finishing was top class today.

Arsenal-induced Heart Attack Survivor

True… Giroud flibnobbed his goal in but Poldi absolutely cribswobbled his two. 😀

nishanth

Podolski can be lazy at times…slows down our game occasionally….link up play just decent..but put him in a good position and he is fucking lethal

WengersNoseHair

I can’t help thinking this may have a little to do with the fact that Poldi is a CF first and foremost. How would Giroud look if he played on the wing?

Arsenal-induced Heart Attack Survivor

Handsome

Tanzeem

Hahaha.. couldnt stop laughing on that one..

weeDy Dewey

Speaking about Podolski he said, “I am pleased for him because he hasn’t started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances.

So Tim Stillman was right in his column.
Always find him to be quite insightful actually

GoonerBoyi

IMO stillman is always right.

LG

Stilman in disguise?…

Gunsen Gunner

Giroud will score 20+ this season.poldi to score 15+.Theo will score 15+, Santi will score 10+, rest of the team will score 10+, now imagine adding another 2 attacking players who will together score 30+. That’d be a bucketload of goals. Do it Arsene!!!!

Lily

The rest of the squad to score 10+? Does that include Schezzer? I can almost see him going up for corners when we’re one-nil up, and taking all our free kicks.

Frightening.

Bucks

He’ll score a freekick against Chelsea with a rabona.

Murg

He’d still be better at freekicks than Theo though

Tristam

If we add two attacking players then Giroud and Podolski might not get enough game time to score those numbers.

Jagger

I always see people adding these goals per season figures up like simple arithmetic. Isn’t it obvious that things are never that simple?

GUN

Di Maria?

arsewizard

We should insure that left foot and make sure it sinks those cuntly spuds and laugh at their signings next week

not a proffesional footballer

I’m sure that foot is more expensive than a car

Ohsi

Bench is not good enough. Add in a central defender and midfield will do.

gunn cabinet

Technicality
confidence
mental strength
Wenger…

Arsenal-induced Heart Attack Survivor

All your powers combine, I am Captain Ramsey/Wilshere/Szczesny/Gibbs/any other AW-unearthed player.

Off to youtube to watch some Captain Planet episodes.

thrash4ever

Best name ever.

WengersNoseHair

Meh. I’m not one for modern poetry.

ferngunner

Poldi could easily have had a hattrick. i’m really glad Arsene set him loose today can’t ground a German engine. Following recent speculations he really needed goals.

Giroud on the other used to have terrible ball control…can’t say the same now! brilliant!

Erwandy

I’d love to see that left footed cannon shove a spud cunt or two…taking them and the ball into the net.

COYG!

muchadoaboutnot

Ok Wenger happy to hear you are keeping Podolski. Now don’t change you mind. Get new players in this week.

Gooner4life Fozzy

I love Podolski. Was over the moon when we signed him last year finally. He’s got a great shot on him, you can tell via his Facebook and twitter updates that he’s a great guy and obviously good inside the dressing room. Can’t wait to see MOTD tonight to see his and Girouuuudddds goals. Two great players that I hope stay here for the foreseeable future. Well done lads

Franzsigel

Always nice to have a character like Podolski on the team. Especially when he also delivers on the pitch…

kierangibbs'legs

Now pls arsene please go get a defensive midfielder because it gave me heart attacks today when aaron goes forward. He is a great player no doubt about it but i dun think he has the disciplinr to stay back and cover the back four when the rest of the players go forward. And also a centre back. Also we are short in midfield. Not really sure whether this team can last until christmas without signings. But we should all enjoy the win! Up and forward! COYG! LETS SMASH SP*URS NEXT WEEK!

Glen Helders soul-glo

We barely have enough players to field a bench & yet there has been talk of Jenkinson & Poldolski leaving.

Makes little sense

Per

There’s also been talk of Benzema & DiMaria coming in. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Arsenal-induced Heart Attack Survivor

Yep, Lincoln says that too.

Sid

So, the rubbish about Poldi going to Germany (or the spuds???) was utter gash then.

What a surprise, not!

Poldi is quality and works hard, Giroud is looking like a top striker now. Add in a few quality additions (I know, I know, we’ve all been saying this since May) and we can actually, you know, do that thing…

That thing that clubs do when they erm, win a few games and get to lift up a big silvery vase/pot/bed pan type thingy…

starboi

Glad to see a smile on his face and that spirit…Prince Poldi!!!

prinzpoldi

thanks i love arsenal

prinzpoldi

Podolski`s left foot is worse than a lightning strike !!!!

The Beast

1.21 gigawatts?

Boblex

Great Scott!

Bingo

Keep moving Gun-Gunners!Wenger we need holding mid-fielder,2 defenders and a class striker..

saltyscotsman

Giroud is looking lively and continuing his scoring form from the Asia tour. Podolski is a powerhouse and has a wicked left peg! Outstanding performance from all the players. It’d been a tough week for the manager,players and the fans. I’m sure everyone involved with Arsenal will be happy with the teams performance today.

saltyscotsman

It’s*

NCGunner

The touch and control from Giroud on Podolski’s second was absolutely world class stuff….

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

The nippy footwork and quick thinking wasn’t bad for his own strike either.

AB

Poldi!!!! He scores when he wants!!!

Rhid

AHA!

Arsenal gone for good

A nice team play today but the need for a quality DM can’t be overlooked. Ramsey at times forgets that he is to shield the back four

A N Other

I think the whole team played. Going forward we have so many options, it was just brilliant. I think this is due to cazrola playing just behind the striker.. Links up well with front 3 and midfield. I don’t think double pivot, although secure, suits our style.

thrash4ever

Give Podolski a sniff and he won’t fuck around. The smaller pitch suited, him, too – less running, I guess? 😛

squillaci is king

Benteke is better than both of them but also plays in a different style. He’s got plenty of goals+experience in the premier league, he’s DENCH and i’ve heard that he’s a gooner. Even though he’s just signed a new contract, cough up the cash and sign him before someone else does!!!!

squillaci is king

I think Wenger needs to start playing Frimpong, if he’s planning on using him ass our dm. He’s got great potential if he overcomes his injury troubles and focuses on his game and he’ll have a great link with Jack since they were in the academy together. Tbh if he starts playing consistently and well and we sign Flamini back, we don’t really need a new dm. Unless you can get Pogba, he’s a fucking beast!

squillaci is king

I think Wenger needs to start playing Frimpong, if he’s planning on using him ass our dm. He’s got great potential if he overcomes his injury troubles and focuses on his game and he’ll have a great link with Jack since they were in the academy together. Tbh if he starts playing consistently and well and we sign Flamini back, we don’t really need a new dm. Unless you can get Pogba, he’s a fucking beast!

Josh

I’ve always been left a bit confused by Podolski’s lack of starts. Today only increases that confusion.

Striking options are not what we need.

SAgunner

Poldi with that left foot is absolutely lethal..wenger just needs to encourage our front men to shoot more..giroud will certainly get a few tap ins if he follows up ..

DunoGoonerholic

It’s players like Poldi that win u the league. Fantastic squad player that has excellent work ethic. Complains so little for a player of his quality, Can pull out a rabbit from his hat. Just love his camel smile.

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