German press say Podolski has 'not fully convinced' at Arsenal

Lukas Podolski of Arsenal is being linked with a summer transfer to Galatasaray.

We are one week short of May 8, which will be exactly one year since the BBC reported that Arsenal would be signing Lukas Podolski.

It was a signing which was supposed to take the Gunners to the next level, but all that optimism was taken into account on the basis he would be partnering or playing alongside Robin van Persie up front.

The Dutchman left, and Arsenal never looked like mounting a title challenge, drawing two of their first three games of the season 0-0 and continuing well off the pace of champions United.

Podolski has played his part in many of Arsenal's good moments this season, but he has also missed a few key games in recent months with injury, or being left on the bench.

As soon as December the German spoke up to say he was disappointed at being played on the wing, rather than up front, but when he has had his chances as a central striker he has not set the world alight, and has been substituted in 20 of the 22 games he has started.

At least that is the impression given by German sports website Sportal, who claim the forward has 'not fully convinced' in his debut season.

They go onto claim that Podolski is a transfer target for Turkish giants Galatasaray, who made two approaches for him before he signed for Arsenal.

The reports about Podolski to Turkey originated in the German Daily Express, with the player quizzed about them himself, although he declined to comment on the rumours.

Galatasaray are one of the more ambitious European clubs at present, recently signing Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, and want to build on their Champions League run to the quarter-finals.

This means signing up more big names, and only a month ago they were linked with Podolski's Arsenal teammate Gervinho.

If a bid does come in for Podolski, Arsene Wenger may need to have a word with the player to convince him the Gunners is where his future lies, and give him the pledges he wants to hear in terms of position.

Looking at Podolski's debut season, it is easy to see why it is a little underwhelming, he is yet to reach double figures for league goals, currently stuck on nine.

As a player who has been part of Germany's World Cup runs in recent tournaments with more than 100 caps to his name, he is clearly revered in his homeland, but also held to very high standards.

This is why the expectation on him at Arsenal is perhaps even higher there than it is over here. Even so, in their critique of him, the cold truth is they are probably not far wrong, but he hasn't been a bad performer for the Gunners at all.

It was just that he was tipped to come over here, bag 20 league goals, and lead Arsenal to silverware. The team has suffered, and he has been a bit-part player in attack at times, so the underwhelming feeling is natural.

It is well worth Podolski's while to prove his critics in his homeland wrong, by rejecting Galatasaray's advances, sticking around at Arsenal, and doing everything he hoped to do in his first season at Arsenal, in his second.

Arsenal fans, what do you make of Podolski's debut season?

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