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Joachim Low critical of Podolski's performance against Gibraltar

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Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski created two goals for Germany as they comfortably beat Gibraltar 4-0 in their Group D European Championship Qualifying match.

Lukas Podolski created two goals for Germany in their 4-0 win on Friday night, but that didn't stop manager Joachim Low critiquing his fitness and impact over the full 90 minutes.

The 29-year-old played a key part in Germany's win, which saw the World Cup winners move to joint second in their group on the same points as Scotland and the Republic of Ireland; three points off first-placed Poland. 

Thomas Muller continued his recent goalscoring heroics with a first-half brace and Mario Gotze put Germany 3-0 up before half-time. An own-goal from Yogan Santos midway through the second half completed Germany's 4-0 scoreline, but Low remained disappointed with the performance. 

'I am everything but satisfied with this. The team did not do what we wanted to do,' Low was quoted by the BBC with saying after the game. 

'We wanted to play as world champions and four goals are two few.'

When asked about Podolski, who created Muller's second and the own-goal, he questioned the player's fitness and overall impact on the game.

'Lukas [Podolski] had good movement in the first-half,' Low was quoted by Focus.de. 'It is always the case when he gets forward and deep, then Lukas is dangerous, as shown in the second goal by Muller. After that, he must have a re-think and work.

'I know that it is currently difficult for him to go 90 minutes at a fast pace. This is simply because Lukas is a player who needs practice and competitions, only then does Lukas have the quality. 

'At the moment you have to say, unfortunately, he hasn't had that in almost half a year. Ultimately, we need to consider, and he also, what happens in the next year for him.' 

The honesty of Low, with regards to Podolski's current situation at Arsenal, has been well-documented during this international break. Podolski, who won his 121st Germany cap last night, has spoke of his unhappiness at Arsenal recently and confirmed he will take Low's advice and talk with Arsenal over his future.

The German international has played just 46 minutes of Premier League football this season for Arsenal, all coming from the bench, and with his only starts coming in the FA and League Cup, then his future at the North London club is surely within doubt. 

Arsenal supporters on Twitter, however, have backed Podolski to make a name for himself at the Emirates, questioning Wenger's judgement on leaving him on the bench. 






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