It hasn’t been a dream season for Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, but 2013/14 would take on an even worse name if the Gunners recent drop out of the Premier League’s top four places becomes permanent.
Podolski spoke rather frankly regarding the club’s struggles. After spending much of the early season near if not at the top of the Premier League, Arsenal has fell out of favor in spectacular fashion.
The Gunners form is fifth-worst in the league, with just one win from its last six matches and two points from its last four. Blowout losses at Chelsea and Everton are sandwiched around draws against Swansea and Manchester City.
And despite many London eyes staring at the pending FA Cup final against Hull City, Podolski is adamant the club avoid the “disaster” that would come from not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
“Every season is a pressure when you don’t win anything and the newspapers speak about it, the fans gets nervous but we have the chance this year to win the FA Cup so maybe it helps the club, us and the boss,” said Podolski ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash with West Ham United
“But the other important thing is to get fourth place back because when you don’t play in the Champions League, it’s a disaster.”
The 28-year-old forward’s club goal total is set to finish at a four-year low, with just four goals through nine Premier League matches. And Podolski is quite frustrated at not being given full matches to add to that total, helping the team towards wins.
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“I always come out and of course you cannot be happy when you always go out after 60, 70 minutes,” said the German.
“Of course I am not happy always to be substituted. It’s the decision of the boss, he is the manager. He decides who comes in, who comes out, who are the first XI.
“It’s not always easy when you play for a big club but of course I am not happy to always come out and watch from outside. You cannot be happy with this situation.”
Injuries haven’t helped, but Podolski certainly has other things on his mind when it comes to how he’s producing.The 112-times capped German international has this small tournament in Brazil to consider, competing for attacking playing time with loads of big names (many of whom are younger and playing very well with their clubs).