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Lukas Podolski is a player that has barely played any matches for Arsenal in this season and the future of the German attacker is constantly being linked away from Arsenal due to his lack of playing time.
At 29, Podolski is reaching an age where it’s time to start considering where to spend the remaining seasons and years of what is left in his career and it does not seem like Arsenal would be an ideal place as he is mostly just being used as a substitute player.
The German forward said that he has intentions of speaking with Arsene Wenger and getting informed about the current situation of the team and if to whether or not he will be playing any important role for Arsenal within the next few weeks or months.
“I am not 20 or 21 years old and satisfied to wait for a chance, I am 29. I want to play, play, play! What can I do that I’m not already doing? I played in the starting XI in the Champions League and scored two goals, but then I was back on the bench for the 4-1 win over Newcastle. I don’t know what more I can do to convince the coach.” Podolski said.
The main problem that Lukas Podolski will be facing if he remains with Arsenal for one or two more seasons is that Arsene Wenger already has a number of offensive players at his disposal including: Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With all of those offensive players competing for a place in the starting lineup of Arsene Wenger, it will be very difficult for Podolski to turn into a consistent player in Arsenal as he will have to start scoring goals regularly in order to secure his spot and avoid getting dropped to the bench which is what the German is experiencing mostly at the moment.
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The Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is of the view that Chelsea would clinch the Premier League title this season unless they lose form drastically midway through their campaign.
Chelsea has not suffered defeat against any side so far in the 2014-15 Premier League.
According to Wenger, no team seems to be capable enough at the moment to displace Chelsea from the top position in the table.
Wenger was in conversation with the media persons the other day after his team suffered a loss against Swansea City.
When asked why he thinks the Blues have performed so much better than the other teams this season, the Frenchman said, “Nothing specific. It’s just that they have been able to gain some good momentum early on in the season and they are carrying it forward.”
“Honestly speaking, at this point of time it looks as if they are going to get to the three figure mark in terms of points and if they do that, they would surely become the champions. I can’t see any side stopping them from doing that if they don’t lose the plot suddenly.”
When asked to put some light on the performances of the Gunners especially during the last week in which they played draw against Anderlecht and then, lost to Swansea, Wenger said, “I am disappointed really. In both the games, we were leading. In fact, we had a huge lead in that Anderlecht game, but, we could not get three points. However, that’s what happens in sports if you are not consistent enough with your work. We have to admit that we haven’t played good football for the entire duration of the last two games.”
The Gunners are standing 6th in the league table with only 4 wins and 5 draws in 11 games.
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Sporting Lisbon have one of the most wanted midfielders in Europe right now. Their defensive giant William Carvalho has been linked with a move to England, Spain, or Italy for a long time. It now appears that Arsenal are moving closer to signing him after the player confirmed that England might be his next destination. The 22-year-old is rated at around £ 25 million. It is this transfer fee that put off a couple of clubs during the summer. However, Arsenal appear to have taken a different stance by realising the importance of a top-quality defensive midfielder in the team.
They appear ready to make an offer for the Portuguese. The Premier League has witnessed a number of players coming from Porto to another Portuguese clubs and going on to become a great success. Carvalho will become one of the several imports who have preceded him. Carvalho has been a regular first-team player for the Portuguese club, who have been involved in the Champions League this season. They recently came up against English opponents Chelsea. This pitted Carvalho against the Brazilian players like Oscar in a Chelsea team. Sporting came out with a narrow defeat against the 2012 champions.
Carvalho, however, has also said that rule to Spain cannot be ruled out with Barcelona and Real Madrid monitoring his situation. “I would not say I was disappointed [to stay], but despite being very happy at Sporting, we all have ambitions and I hope one day to be playing in the best leagues in the world, the English or Spanish. It did not happen this year, but if I continue to do my job as I have been doing for sure that sooner or later it will happen. I understand the proposals, but I think that there was no value for the clause and therefore they have been refused,” said Carvalho.
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Borussia Dortmund secured a morale boosting 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Signal Iduna Park to establish themselves as the firm favourites in the Champions League group D. The competition in the group D was primarily between Arsenal and Dortmund, as many do not expect Galatasaray and Anderlecht to post much of a challenge. Arsenal came into the encounter after having won 1-0 in the same stage last season. However, they appeared no match for the Germans who could have scored much more with some clinical finishing.
Arsenal only had a glimmer of opportunities throughout the 90 minutes, but they were unable to take any of them with Danny Welbeck guilty of not finishing some good opportunities. The former Manchester United striker was playing up front in place of the injured Olivier Giroud just a few days after completing his £ 16 million transfer from Old Trafford. Welbeck’s finishing qualities has been criticised by many pundits in recent years, and it came to the fore against Dortmund. Opposition manager Jurgen Klopp said that the day could not have gone much better for the German club.
Dortmund have been imperious in the last few league matches. Apart from the opening day defeat against Leverkusen, they have managed to reach the heights they hit when they won the league a few years ago. “I’m very pleased. Three players went out of the team because of muscle problems [last night]. In the morning we made some decisions and I have to say it was a really great performance from my team. It was pressing and counter-pressing to perfection. We were brave, we were fast. We had everything we needed for this game because if you let them have one metre of space they are so strong,” said Klopp, whose team face Mainz in the league during the weekend.
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