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Podolski Signing Would Signal The Winds Of Change

Podolski Signing Would Signal The Winds Of Change

The rumour that Lukas Podolski will be signing for Arsenal in the summer is gathering pace and no mistake.

The notion first started floating around the internet and football blogs with all the usual credence. Same old rumours that hardly ever come true. However as time passes by there certainly does seem to be a lot more smoke than usual.

Indeed, Arsenal`s "Big F***ing German" Per Mertesacker has confirmed that Podolski has sent him numerous texts inquiring what it`s like to play for the Gunners.

Over night the rumour has escalated somewhat with various news agencies claiming that Arsenal and Cologne have agreed a fee for the striker. Whether or not this is fact or fabrication is not what I`m here to discuss, no, what I want to ponder are the implications on the change of the way Arsene Wenger conducts his business, should the "facts" turn out to be correct.

Aside from a slight nuance every now and again, Mr Wenger`s transfer policy over the last few years has been one akin to that of the eating habits of a hyena. Waiting until the larger predators have had their fill of what`s on offer and then snaffle up the best of the rest, it`s an understandable stance considering the amount of times we`ve had the rug pulled out from under our feet by ruble baring Russians or massively wealthy sheiks. However it`s a transfer policy that`s becoming increasingly harmful to our club.

Failing to strike quickly has cost us chances at signing top players, it`s meant players we have signed haven`t had a preseason, a chance to bed in and on many occasions having to settle into a team whose season is already in full swing. Then there`s lack of top signings causing existing Arsenal players too question the motives of the club. It`s a policy that has very few pros and far too many cons.

To come to an arrangement to sign a great player like Podolski not only before the close of the transfer window, but before the current season has even ended is a massive step in the right direction. And this is forgetting the fact that we have the European Championships in the summer, where a decent tournament could hike Podolski`s price or draw even more attention from other suitors.

Waiting till after the tournament is not productive in my eyes.

After watching some footage of Lukas this morning, I came to the realisation that his style of play and lethal left foot is very similar to a certain Arsenal player whose North London future has been called into question as his contract runs out and his form continues to spiral out of this world (any guesses?). Now one would be forgiven to think that Wenger could be bringing in Podolski as a replacement. Indeed that was my initial reaction, and while there is a distinct possibility that Le Prof is trying to strengthen the side with top class players in order to convince the best striker in the world to stay (you guessed who I`m talking about yet?) …. Which would also be a change in tack for the Frenchman …. We do have to consider the possibility that Podolski is a direct replacement for RvP.

The thought of losing Robin is hideous. However it`s no more hideous than the thought of losing Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Anders Limpar, Ian Wright, and we survived all those losses right? The harsh reality is that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes, and by extension of the former, no player will ever stay at Arsenal forever, and as such we must prepare for losing players by bringing in others to take their place.

One of the things that I notice gets Arsenal fans so angry, and rightly so, has been Wenger`s inability to adequately replace our top players when they`ve left over the last couple of years. Admittedly replacing Cesc Fabregas is no small task, but when you`re sitting on £50M, to not do everything in your power to fill that massive void feels like a kick in the nadgers (or the nadgette for all you female fans).

So whether AW is signing Podolski (if indeed it does turn out to be true) as a replacement or to strengthen the squad, the change in stance and the timing of the signing is a massive step in the right direction, and one that leaves me hopefully that for once, finally, we`ll be getting all our affairs straightened out before a major tournament and in time for pre-season.

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Date:Thursday March 8 2012
Time: 9:43AM


"To come to an arrangement to sign a great player like Podolski not only before the close of the transfer window, but before the current season has even ended is a massive step in the right direction." - wasn't the Arshavin situation exactly the same; big signing, before a big tournament? We get regular, early, surprise signings from Le Boss. just some of them are *****e...! - 100k/wk for Podolski?

Can we play Podolski and RvP, or is it definitely one or the other? Maybe RvP off him, in the Bergkamp role?
08/03/2012 10:00:00
I certainly hope Podolski isn't a replacement for RVP. We know one can do it in the prem while the other is an unknown quantity. Why take such a huge gamble? Apart from the unique skills Robin brings to the team his leadership ability is also rightly garnering praise at the moment. What sort of message would it send to the team if yet another captain turned out to be on the conveyor belt out of the club? This cr@p has to stop here and I hope the club make the right statement this summer by renewing his contract.
Wyn Mills
08/03/2012 10:02:00
I really cant decide whether this is a very good move or a bad one for Arsenal. his form for Germany and Cologne has been excellent, but I look at him away from his home club or national side and he has looked poor
08/03/2012 10:14:00
I have heard the same thing about 'Poldi'.
Wyn Mills
08/03/2012 10:21:00
Damiano - Arshavin wasn't a signing ahead of a major tournament for the new season, he was a signing AFTER a major tournament and an emergency signing to help us ensure Champions League qualification. He managed it too.
08/03/2012 10:24:00
Wyn, which club in the world would want to lose RvP. Its clear that any early negotiations last year or earlier this year by the club management have been rebuffed by RvP. Making him the highest wage earner at 120-130k/ week + one off loyalty bonus is the best the club can do in the summer. City have confirmed their interest by tapping him up early and will pay north of 200k/ week - something we can not match. Lets face it, if he goes for money, we have ZERO chance of retaining him. It will come down to an overall feeling of being content at Arsenal.
08/03/2012 10:26:00
Wyn - I'm sure Wenger is signing Podolski to strengthen the squad and hope to convince RvP to stay, but also in case Rob decides to leave. We can't just decide to renew his contract and that's it. There's no doubt we'll do everything we can to make sure he signs, but we have to have a contingency plan.
08/03/2012 10:27:00
This worries me, simply because of the open media involvement and the fact that the fee is now in the public domain. What I hope is that this agreement is somehow enforced by a signed document. Nothing would give other teams more pleasure than coming in and attempting to offer more just to ***** us off!
08/03/2012 10:39:00
I agree Trennon, it would suit Cologne to leak any news of our interest more than it would suit us. In fact it would not suit AFC at all. If a provisional agreement has not been signed and this news was leaked by Cologne in a cheap bid to jack up the price its likely we'll be bested by a newly rich chav club.
08/03/2012 10:47:00
Or, more likely, the agent jacking the price up.
08/03/2012 10:50:00
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