Why Arsenal have been able to survive the transfer window and avoid a new manager
Arsenal fans have been in for a shock as Arsene Wenger was forced to take a massive gamble by taking on David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Now the Frenchman is on the cusp of a new challenge, but it has been in vain, and now his reign at the Emirates Stadium may be coming to an end.
The Frenchman’s job has been all but over since a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup final in January, and he has been struggling to find the net in the league this term, scoring just once in his last six matches.
However, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and West Ham all struggling for goals this season, Wenger is now looking to strengthen his attacking options, and one of the options on his radar is the Belgium striker Lukas Podolski.
Arsenal have made the best of a poor start to the season and managed to avoid a repeat of the FA cup defeat, and with their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League finals at Wembley on Wednesday having been dashed, the club is ready to move on from the 36-year-old.
The Gunners are desperate to keep their top-flight status, but Moyes is unlikely to be interested in taking them on, having previously stated that he would prefer to sell the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Aaron Ramsey to improve the squad.
Arsenal are now set to have to look elsewhere for a striker, and the former Liverpool man Podolsky could be the man of the match.
Having scored in each of the club’s last three FA Cup wins, Podolsksi has been one of Arsenal’s best performers in recent seasons, netting 14 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in the semi-final win over Liverpool.
Podolski is also known as a leader and a player with a strong mentality, and has proven to be an excellent partner for Aaron Ramsey, and was a key part of the attack that helped Arsenal secure a 4th-place finish in the Premier League last season.
The Belgian has scored more goals in his past seven matches, and in fact, scored the most goals in a single Premier League match in January.
Podolskis performances in the Champions Cup were also very important, as he was crucial in Arsenal’s success at the semi final stage of the competition.
Podoski scored two goals against Liverpool, and also scored a hat trick in the Europa League final, scoring a hat against Barcelona in a 2-1 win.
Arsenal could be in pole position to secure a deal, but the player’s agent is yet to be contacted by Wenger, and if he does not receive an offer, Podoski could move to another club in January for around £10m.