Keown comments on whether Podolski should be given more chances

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Arsene Wenger should play Lukas Podolski more regularly.

Martin Keown believes Lukas Podolski should be given more of a chance at Arsenal.

Podolski has had to take a back-seat role at the Emirates in recent times, as a host of attacking additions have been allowed to settle at the club.

The German is rarely handed starting opportunities by Arsene Wenger but Keown thinks he should be utilised more regularly.

Podolski was Arsenal's saviour last night, as he came off the substitutes' bench to grab a late winner in the Champions League against Anderlecht - and Keown thinks that this was a perfect example of the quality he has at his disposal. 

"I think he has a case for playing more with his goal-scoring record," Keown said to the Daily Mail during a 'Tackle Keown' session. "Wenger used him as his last sub but he was the one who won the game. It wasn’t an easy goal either, he played it high into the net deliberately.

"He is lethal in front of goal. Even if his role is as super sub he doesn’t get used enough.

"He had six minutes to make it a happy birthday for Wenger and he did that. I think he should be used more because he’s very useful. He might be an impact player but he needs more minutes than he’s getting to have those impacts."

Despite Keown's backing, Podolski could leave Arsenal sooner rather than later.

Wenger has publicly stated he has doubts over whether Podolski can play as a centre-forward and the club has a number of wingers already ahead of him in the pecking order.

The 29-year-old admits he wants more first-team football and it seems that a transfer could be on the cards soon. Which club this will be to remains to be seen, though sides from Germany and Italy have been linked in recent times.

Until then, Podolski can only try and convince Wenger that he still has a part to play in north London and more performances like the one he put in last night are sure to help his cause. 

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