Lukas Podolski has hit the ground running at Arsenal and seems a threat in any match he plays. Is he the bargain of the season at £10 million?
There have been some big questions asked by Arsenal fans over whether Lukas Podolski is good enough to fill the void left by Robin Van Persie. He signed for just over £10 million from Cologne and has already bagged four goals in the Premier League and he’s off the mark in the Champions League.
This is the exact same scoring record in the league as Chelsea forward Fernando Torres who cost five times as much as Podolski. Arsene Wenger often gets criticised for the way he handles the transfer market but he seems to have pulled off another master stroke with the signing of the German forward.
There is even an argument to suggest that Podolski could be even better because he’s currently playing out of position in a more left sided role as opposed to through the middle as a central striker but in terms of what the club actually paid for him, he looks like an absolute bargain.
He has started every single game in the league for Arsenal, played in every Champions League games, he has only been booked once in the league and he looks physically strong and fit enough to cope admirably with the pace and nature of the Premier League. This shows he is reliable, he is one of the first names on the team sheet every week and he doesn’t appear to be prone to picking up injuries because of his technique.
He seems happy in the role he is being asked to play in the Arsenal team although he has admitted he would like a more central position. Even if the club had signed him as a winger, they still would have paid way under the going rate that some clubs demand for top tier players who aren’t even half as good as the German international.
It makes the fees paid for Torres and the £35 million that Liverpool paid Newcastle United for Andy Carroll, look like ridiculous transfers in comparison. Wenger deserves a lot of credit for this signing and similar signings he has made throughout his career at the North London club.
It won’t be a surprise if Podolski finishes as the top scorer at Arsenal this season, it won’t be a surprise if he starts in every major game for the club and it won’t be a surprise if Arsenal never sign as good a player for £10 million.
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