Why German football fans should thank Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Arsenal’s coach has showed a possible solution for one of the biggest problems of the German national team right now.

The World Cup in Brazil is only two months away and Germany’s national coach Joachim Löw has still a lot of problems to solve. Thank goodness he gets some inspiration from other coaches.

The first problem was that a lot of key players for defensive midfield positions have been injured for a long time, like Sami Khedira from Real, Ilkay Gündogan from Dortmund or Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern.

Those three players would have been the first options for the two positions in the defensive midfield, but thanks to Pep Guardiola the German national team now has another convincing option.

Bayern’s coach let their captain Philip Lahm play as a defensive midfielder instead of a right-back for almost the whole season he has performed superbly.

As a reaction Löw also tested him in the national team on that position and now it is more than likely that we will see him as a defensive midfielder in the World Cup. Instead of him, Jerome Boateng or Kevin Grosskreutz will probably play in the position as a right-back.

One problem more or less solved, but there was still another one that gives the German national coach constant headaches. Both central strikers Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez have been injured for most of theeason and Klose might even miss the rest of the season's games because of his latest injury. Both of them are not even close to their best form.

Although Mario Götze could also play on that position like a “false” central striker, he showed especially in the Champions League matches against Manchester United that it is very difficult for him to play against very athletic defenders up front. Also Thomas Müller is stronger as an attacking midfielder rather than a central striker.

Help comes once again from another coach. Arsenal’s coach Wenger has brought Lukas Podolski in the last two matches into a more central role, and he has scored four goals in these two matches. His eye for goal was reminiscent of the young Podolski who scored amazing goals as a striker for his former club Cologne.

Only when he was removed from this position, to the left wing, his performances dropped and that’s why he didn’t achieve a breakthrough at Bayern for example. He hardly ever got the chance again to play as a striker, although this is undoubtedly his best position.

Podolski is showing Wenger he can flourish when brought closer to Olivier Giroud, it would be no surprise if Löw decides on the Arsenal man playing centrally for the World Cup. If this happens, then German football fans should thank the Arsenal coach for every goal that Podolski scores for his national team at the World Cup.

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