Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly has two main concerns with Lukas Podolski, which explains why he hasn’t been playing frequently for the Gunners so far this season.
It could seal his future, with the German regularly linked with moves away from North London, where he’s simply no longer a key player in Arsene Wenger’s attack.
“Although Podolski is probably Arsenal’s best finisher, there are doubts both about his willingness to track back from his usual wide left position or to hold the ball up when he plays as a more central striker,” reports the Telegraph.
It’s important for any wide player to track back because that helps to offer extra protection to the full back.
The games against Anderlecht and Swansea City showed that Arsenal are vulnerable in wide areas at the moment so some effort in wide positions is paramount to helping the side retain their defensive integrity.
The ability for any attacking player to hold possession up effectively is also very important.
Arsenal sometimes, not frequently, take a lot of pressure in big games and they need outlets up front, which allow the side to move up the pitch as a unit and collectively ease the pressure.
Podolski is good in terms of running the channels and utilising space, but he’s not the sort of striker who can bully a defender and hold up the ball to bring others into the game.
Arsene Wenger has already said that he doesn’t see Podolski’s future at the club as a centre forward so he has to reinvent himself to stay effective if he wants to remain an Arsenal player.