Lukas Podolski: I needed to leave so I could play

Written by Josh Andrews

May 7, 2020

Lukas Podolski spent 3 seasons at Arsenal and during that time, became a fan favourite with frequent displays of passion for the club. He also had a number of memorable moments, including an excellent long range strike against West Ham, and a ferocious volley against Montpellier. 

On the “In Lockdown” podcast by Arsenal Digital, Podolski spoke about his time at the club and the reason why he decided to leave.

“I had some games I played very well, I scored goals or played well and the next match I was sitting on the bench again. That’s why I started thinking, ‘I’m going to have to change this situation.’

I had some talks with Arsene [Wenger] about my situation and I told him, ‘I want to play, I want to come on earlier’ and of course, he’s the coach, he has to decide, he can’t promise players a bonus or to always play. No coach gives you that. So I decided for myself to move forward.”

Lukas Podolski – May 7. 2020

Podolski is always very positive when speaking about his time at Arsenal and whilst he did fall in the pecking order during his time there, he always shows great respect to Wenger and the Arsenal fans. 

He clearly still loves the club, frequently saying he is a part of the Gunners family. Many supporters will remember him celebrating with the fans against Tottenham in 2014. He has always appreciated the fans, and he has also spoken of why he values the fans as much as he does.

 “For me always the fans are important at every club where I was playing because the fans are the club. You can never forget that. Players, coaches or staff always come and go but the fans always stay with the same club.

Lukas Podolski – May 7. 2020

Was Podolski underappreciated? Should he have been given more opportunities to play? What are the best moments of Podolski’s Arsenal career?

Photo by Ronnie Macdonald (2012)

 

 

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