Sunday, March 3, 2024

Podolski not in squad for Napoli game

Lukas Podolski is back in training but not in the Arsenal squad for the trip to face Napoli tomorrow in the Champions League.ñ

The German hasn’t played for the Gunners since banjaxing his hamstring in the same tournament against Fenerbahce in late August.

Training pictures showed him having a laugh with his teammates, including new boy Mesut Ozil, but the forward is going to have to wait a bit longer for his return to action.

Arsenal have just to avoid heavy defeat to go through but will want to win the game to finish top of the group and avoid a much more difficult draw in the round of 16.

For Napoli to qualify they have to get a better result against Arsenal than Dortmund can achieve at already eliminated Marseille.

Other than that there are no new injury worries for the Arsenal manager who will consider a measure of rotation with Saturday’s trip to Manchester in mind.

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Vescucci

Aha

Lizard King

Really thought/wished Wenger would give him 10 – 15 minutes if Arsenal was winning or drawing the match!

Duby

Hope the Thor Hammer will be available for City? We need the depth now.

Six in the city

Arsenal’s Instagram page sold me a dream, I wanted Podolski to at least come off the bench. Oh well hope he plays on Saturday.

OregonGooner

Was hoping he would get a brief runout when we were winning 2-0.

Gooner Dave

Got a feeling Poldi will play a big part this season, if he stays fit

Unyoke the Ox

He’s the sort of finisher that can create or score a goal from a scrap. You’re damn skippy he can play a big part this season. Hopefully when him, theo and santi hit he form they did last season, we’ll be right in there come may.

Harish P

To be expected. Wasn’t thinking about a cameo until Man City or Chelski game.

Very eager for his return, we need the variety for certain games and he can be an especially unique game changer!

double canister

We have his two favourite teams to score against coming up: Newcastle and the Hammers.

GunnAlex

Could be a desperate dice throw option if City goes wrong (not saying I think it will).
Kinda like Park against Chelsea.

Ifaz

Yeah, it’s totally same. 😐

deano

Thought he would have made the bench for Napoli game. Need him on the bench for Citeh game though just for his scoring abilities.

SciGunner

Arsenal don’t have to win to top the group, just need a draw!

Leandro

If we draw we also top the group. But yeah, second place after such a great campaign would be crushing, and very dangeous.

SciGunner

Any updates on Sagna?

Otygooner

I hear he is stil out.Wil probably take the usuall three weeks

Edu's fake passport

Still a beast!!

SoqedHozi

Draw and we top the group, but not worth taking him all the way to Italy and back if he’d only get a few minutes and not get all the gym time he needs.

Otygooner

I miss that thurnderous left foot

Steve

Lol Keane said what we all know i.e. clough is/was a better manager than fergie

Yankee-Gunner

To be quite honest, all things being equal, Gibbs should not be starting ahead of Monreal. That’s just mind boggling…..

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