Is Lukas Podolski the answer to Arsenal's striker search?

Cazorla And Podolski

Arsene Wenger needs a new frontman, but could the German be the perfect choice?

Arsenal are coming off the back of a relatively successful season, with an FA Cup win bringing an end to nine years without a trophy and Champions League football secured for another campaign.

However, Gunners fans will be thinking that it could have been so much more, had manager Arsene Wenger splashed the cash on a new centre-forward in the January transfer window.

The North London club will look to strengthen up front this summer, but the answer to their problems could lie within the club's current ranks.

Lukas Podolski has proved himself to be the most prolific finisher in the Arsenal squad since joining two years ago. The German boasts an impressive conversion rate of 25.8%, and chipped in 12 goals in limited playing time over the course of the season.

While Olivier Giroud has blown hot and cold in front of goal since he signed from Montpellier in the summer of 2012, Podolski has been deadly when given the opportunity.

Wenger has been reluctant to use Podolski as a lone striker. When the 28-year-old has been given a game, it has been on the left wing, with Giroud and even Yaya Sanogo picked ahead of him up front.

It is baffling that Podolski has not been given the chance to make his mark as a centre-forward, particularly as playing there would eliminate the biggest flaw in his game – his defensive work-rate.

Early in the season, the former Bayern Munich man spent vast stretches of time on the bench as Wenger preferred other options on the left flank, such as Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, who would track back and stop opposing full-backs.

Podolski won over his manager in the final two months of the season with his finishing, and the next logical step would be to see if he can hold the line on his own up front.

Perhaps most importantly for Wenger, using Podolski as an out-and-out striker would allow him to keep his chequebook in his pocket. The Frenchman has always been reluctant to break the bank and has long been a fan of filling gaps in the squad with internal solutions.

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