Ian Wright criticises Lukas Podolski's performance for Arsenal

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Arsenal's goalscorer 'could have done more' for the Gunners claimed Wright.

Arsenal claimed a creditable draw on the night in Munich thanks to Lukas Podolski's goal, even if it was not enough to avoid Arsene Wenger's side being eliminated.

Podolski did not even play a single minute in the first leg, to the anger of former teammate Emmanuel Frimpong who at the time vented his frustration via Twitter.

This time he certainly made an impact, but he should have done more claimed former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, who was on punditry duty for ITV.

Speaking after the game Wright stated while watching Podolski's equaliser: "He knows Lahm well, he could have done this more.

"He should have gone up against him more often. He didn't show up enough tonight."

The German international certainly put the effort in, albeit with mixed success against a stern Bayern backline. He attempted five crosses but not one met a teammate, recording a total pass accuracy of 76 per cent.

Podolski was one of only two Arsenal players to attempts more than one shot on goal, and one of just three players to create a goalscoring opportunity for a teammate.

Speaking after the game, Podolski sounded downcast, and certainly was not happy with the draw - devastated to have been knocked out of the competition, just the passionate approach the Gunners need.

It was a big call for Wenger to pick him on the left, especially with Thomas Vermaelen out of position at left-back, but in our opinion the selection paid off.

Could he have done slightly better? That's arguable for all the Arsenal players if you are nitpicking, but the Gunners earned themselves credit last night with the draw.

Wright may have a point in arguing Podolski could have been more direct more often, but looking at the bigger picture - the German should be satisfied with his own personal display.

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