Arsenal star remains hot favourite with his national team manager

Gunners forward will continue to provide the firepower for his country.

Despite being one of a number of German footballers competing for just a handful of attacking positions in Joachim Loew's Nationalmannschaft, Arsenal star forward Lukas Podolski - capped 110 times with 46 goals - remains a firm favourite.

Since switching the Bundesliga for the Premier League in 2012, Podolski has netted 16 goals from 42 appearances in a Gunners jersey. The experienced attacker, aged 28, has shown an ability to hold on to the ball, complete key passes and round off team moves.

An unselfish striker, Podolski's spot in the German XI may have been regarded to be under threat due to the emergence of a number of young stars and the strength in depth the country have up front. Along with Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose, Germany can also call upon the attacking services of Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerlle, Thomas Mueller, Marco Reus, Tony Kroos and Julian Draxler just behind the focal forward.

However, Podolski's worth to Germany is still immeasurable.

Loew is quoted by Bild to have said: 'For me he is still a hugely important player, because he is good for this team, with its possibilities. And he has proven time and again with its dynamics and many important goals that he easily gathered for the opponent and can decide a game.

'That's why Luke is essential for me at the moment, despite the unquestionably become larger competitors in this position.'

Germany host Paraguay on Wednesday, August 14.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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