Podolski, Mertesacker, Eisfeld and Gnabry. All of these players have two things in common. They’re German and they play for Arsenal. But what can they show us next season?
1). Lukas Podolski.
Lukas Podolski is one of the best German strikers that is playing football today, he can play in the centre, behind the striker but he is well known for scoring a lot of goals on his favoured left side. He has an extremely impressive record at international level scoring 43 goals in 95 appearances, and at 26 years of age that is phenomenal. At Club level he has 112 goals in 290 appearances which one again is fantastic. But can he play to this level in the Premier League?
Everyone knows that adjusting to the Premier League is hard as it is very dominating and quick. Which is why most players don’t make the impact required. But fortunately for us, the Bundesliga is very similar to the Premier League, powerful, demanding and fast. So hopefully Podolski can make the impact that we all want. One big question is though, where will he play? Will our formation be changed to fit him in with Robin Van Persie (as long as he signs the extension). Honestly, knowing Wenger, he will probably do the same thing he did with Arshavin, switch him from the centre and play him on the left. While this didn’t work for Arshavin, it should be no problem for Lukas as it is his preferred position, because when he catches he ball on his left foot, the power he can put behind it is incredible.
2). Per Mertesacker.
Per Mertesacker, may not be the best defender in the world, but he is defiantly one of the tallest. Everyone know’s that we struggle from set pieces. But while Per was not injured, we could always count on him to to clear the ball. But in his defence, not everyone adapts to the premier league straight away. His performances were not up to the level we had hoped for at the start of the season, but slowly he became much better. He gave a very good goal line clearance against Manchester United, and his defending overall became a lot more solid. Per Mertesacker is well known for playing exceptionally well for Germany, and with him stating that he will be fit for the Euro’s in the summer, this could give him the chance to get game time, and give him the chance to prove his ability once more.
3). Thomas Eisfeld.
When the news had broke that we signed Thomas Eisfeld, we had no clue who he was. However stories from Germany claimed his style of play was exceptional for the Arsenal method of play. On his first game for Arsenal he didn’t fail to impress, he gave a perfect assist, and even though it was his first game, he seemed to link up with his team mates perfectly, as if he had been playing with them for years. All though he suffered a minor injury which kept him out for a month, when he came back to the pitch he scored his first Arsenal goal to help Arsenal Reserves seal a victory. On the last game for the Arsenal Reserves in which they lost 2-0, Eisfeld delivered great passes which nearly paid of in assists for him but unfortunately they couldn’t be converted to goals. I’m very sure that by next January after a few more games in the Reserves, it wont be long till we see him on the bench and coming on as an impact sub.
4). Serge Gnabry
Finally but certainly not least, Serge Gnabry. While most Arsenal fans may not be aware of him. Let me assure you, he will be a star for Arsenal in the future. At the age of 16 he already has played 8 times for the Arsenal Reserves in the 2011/12 campaign scoring 4 times. Making him joint 4Th top scorer. Now lets say that again, he’s 16, in the Arsenal Reserves, scored 4 times in 8 appearances. Already that is an accomplishment for someone at a young age. However it’s not only his statistics that are impressive. Its what he does on the pitch that also makes him a future prospect as well. He has the ability to take on players, boss the game in midfield, assist goals, and score them. Down to all this, along with Eisfeld, I reckon it won’t be long till we see him making an Arsenal début next season.
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