Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal Preview

This weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures commence with fifth place Arsenal’s trip to Wigan Athletic.

The Latics are currently in the relegation zone on goal difference having stretched their winless run to four games with defeat at Norwich City last weekend.

Their only win in their last seven games came against bottom of the table Reading four weeks ago, though victory this weekend could take them as high as fourteenth place should other results fall in their favour.

Roberto Martinez will be without several key players, with Adrian Lopez and James McCarthy joining Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz, and Ivan Ramis on the side-lines, while Ben Watson is out until at least February with a broken leg.

Top scorer Jordi Gomez is 14.0 (13/1) with Bet Victor to get the first goal of the game, while you can get odds of 4.5 (7/2) for him to hit the back of the net at any time during the game.

Wigan are as highly priced as 5.0 (4/1) for the victory, with Arsenal available at 1.75 (3/4). The draw is 4.0 (3/1) with Bet Victor.

The visitors 5-2 win at Reading last time out secured back to back league victories for the Gunners for only the second time this season; a third win here would elevate them to third place ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea’s fixtures later in the weekend.

Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury worries, with long term absentees Andre Santon and Abou Diaby still the only players missing.

Santi Cazorla bagged a hat-trick in that rout in Reading, and the Spaniard is available at 9.0 (8/1) to open the scoring.

SHARE THE GOALS

The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has stressed the importance of the Arsenal players sharing the goals between them rather than putting pressure on the strikers to score the goals. Arsenal relied a lot upon the Dutchman Robin van Persie to score goals last season. In fact, Robin van Persie has been one of the main reasons in helping Arsenal finish in the top four positions over the last two seasons. The Dutchman became the top scorer in the Premier league last time around, but he has since departed in a £ 24 million deal to Manchester United.

In his place, Arsenal signed to strikers in the form of Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud. However, both players have taken some time to settle at the club due to the fact that they were coming in from different leagues with the German Podolski coming from the German league and the Frenchman Giroud coming from the French league. Van Persie was responsible for scoring almost 50% of the goals for Arsenal at this stage of the last season. However, this time around, a number of players have been on the scoresheet for Arsenal, which is a good and important aspect for the club according to Podolski.

“Yes, it’s important to share the goals. Last season there was one guy, Robin van Persie, who scored 30 goals or more. Now we have four of five players who score five, six, seven or eight goals. I think this is important when a good player leaves the club, it’s important for some other players to score the goals,” said Podolski on the official website of the club. Despite the best efforts of Podolski and Giroud, Arsenal have been struggling in the Premier league and are currently just a few places above the 10th place.

PODOLSKI IS IMPROVING

The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he has developed a as a player in the last few weeks and will be looking to prove his worth for Arsenal as long as he stays with the London club. After making an indifferent start to the Arsenal career, Lukas Podolski has scored a number of important goals in the last few weeks. It has helped Arsenal remain in touch with the leaders at the top of the table. However, the last few games have been extremely difficult for the club because they have been unable to create any chances and have consequently lost the matches.

The 2-0 defeat against Schalke in the Champions League was a second consecutive defeat suffered by the club following the 1-0 defeat against Norwich during the weekend. Podolski said that it was an extremely difficult match and he was extremely disappointed to lose the home match. He said that there was little to separate the two teams, but the fact that Schalke took the chances that came their way made the difference. As a result of this defeat, Arsenal now face an uphill task to finish in the top spot in their group.

“I expect myself to be a key player. I want to convince everyone that I can play a big part. But we’re still at the beginning of the season and we’ve only had 10 or 11 games. I’ve signed for four years and I hope I can have a successful time here. It was a typical 0-0 game. We missed a chance to win at home and this is our own fault. We’re playing at home and we’re a top team,” said Lukas Podolski after the match. Arsenal will be hoping to end the consecutive defeats in the tough home fixture against QPR during the weekend.

PODOLSKI DELIGHTED WITH FIRST GOAL

The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he is extremely delighted to have opened his account for Arsenal in the most impressive fashion. Arsenal are coming into the third match of the season against Liverpool having drawn both the opening matches, while also scoring none. However, they managed a respectable 2-0 win over the Merseyside club to open their account for the new season. Lukas Podolski has been a disappointment in the first matches, but his goal against Liverpool provided Arsenal fans with a glimpse of this quality. After the match, he has said that he is extremely happy to score his first goal for the club and hopes that it continues.

The 26-year-old German international also said that he wants to replace Robin van Persie as the main striker at the club. Robin van Persie was one of the main goal scorers of Arsenal in the last few seasons, while the last one was exceptional with 37 goals in all competitions. Podolski has already targeted the achievements of Robin van Persie at the club. He feels that his opening goal is extremely important because it will relieve a lot of pressure from his shoulders, while allowing him to perform well in the remaining matches.

“When I’m on the pitch, I can win matches. I’m very happy to score my first goal at Liverpool with their amazing fans and stadium. I’m also very happy that we won and got the three points. You must always work hard in matches. You must fight, you must run and you must score goals. e played very well in the first two matches. But when you don’t have the three points, the press write that you play no good,” said Podolski after the 2-0 win over Liverpool that condemned the Merseyside club to the relegation zone.

PODOLSKI CONFIDENT

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he is extremely confident that Arsenal can challenge for the Premier league title this season. The German international was signed by the manager Arsene Wenger as the replacement for star striker Robin van Persie, who is expected to complete his move to Manchester United in the next few days.

Arsenal have agreed a £ 24 million fee for the 29-year-old Dutchman, which represents great value for money given that he had only one season left on his current contract. Lukas Podolski has great experience at both club and international level, as he has represented the German national team in almost 100 matches.

He is expected to be the main striker at the club this season. It has been eight seasons since Arsenal last lifted the Premier league trophy. They are not the favourites to win the title this time around as well due to the presence of clubs like Manchester city, Chelsea and Manchester United. It is expected that Arsenal will be extremely happy to retain a place in the top four, which will give them the chance to compete in the Champions League next season.

However, Lukas Podolski has set his sights on winning the Premier league title this season, starting with the Sunderland and wolves fixtures.

“The Premier League has five or six teams who can play for the title and we are one of them. We really want to win this trophy and I hope I can score a lot of goals and make some assists to help the club in the Premier League. When you are a footballer you must be ready – you’re on the pitch to win. Whether it is against Koln or against Sunderland, you are a footballer and you must be ready to win matches,” said the player on the official website of the club.

OX BACKS PODOLSKI

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that he is extremely happy with the signings that the club has made so far in the summer transfer window. Arsenal have secured the signings of German international Lukas Podolski for £ 10 million, while the French forward Olivier Giroud has also arrived at the club for a similar amount of money. Even though the star strikers Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie have been linked with a move away from the club, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that he cannot be more than satisfied with the purchases that the club has made so far. He has also said that he feels that the club can finally challenge for trophies once again.

It has been seven seasons since Arsenal last lifted the trophy. It has been one of the main reasons for many stars like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to leave the club in recent seasons, while Robin van Persie could be the next major star. However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that players leaving the club is something that is normal and he is going to only focus on the new arrivals. The German international Lukas Podolski is the major talk of the town due to this experience and goalscoring abilities.

“He’s got 100 caps for Germany which is a massive achievement in itself. Giroud is a very good striker as well. He scores goals and brings quality to the side and that’s what we need. You’ve always got to bring in new players and they’re fantastic signings. I’ve met them and they’re both really good lads so I think we’ll get on really well this year and they’ll be really good to play with,” said the Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his debut for the England national team in a major tournament at the Euro 2012.

PODOLSKI WANTS TO IMPRESS

German international striker Lukas Podolski has said that he does not have the feeling that he should be working hard in order to impress Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The 27-year-old German international recently confirmed his move to English club Arsenal from Koln, according to the Arsenal news website.

He has been linked with a move to a bigger club for many seasons now, but it has finally arrived in the form of Arsenal. Lukas Podolski has the experience of playing for a big team in the form of Bayern Munich, although it did not go too well. Yet, Lukas Podolski has said that he will not playing only to impress Arsene Wenger.

It is expected that the signature of Lukas Podolski will be enough for Arsene Wenger to convince that Robin van Persie can be sold. The Dutchman is entering into the final year of his contract. At 28 years of age, he is not expected to play top-level football for many seasons now. Hence, there is a consideration amongst Arsenal that they could sell the 40 goal man due to the arrival of Lukas Podolski. The 27-year-old is currently on international duty with the German national team. He is currently competing for a place with Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove to Arsene Wenger. He has seen me play several times and knows what I can do. I think it is clear that my transfer was no accident and, of course, I’m very glad I signed with Arsenal, and am looking forwards to playing with Jack Wilshere. In fact, what has really pleased me is that Arsenal fans can watch me play in a tournament like this and realise what I’m capable of at the highest level. Very soon I will also show that in London,” said Lukas Podolski in response to the presence of Arsene Wenger.

WENGER SPLASHES THE CASH

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always been reluctant to spend big money on established players, but he has now splashed the cash on German international Lukas Podolski. Arsenal recently revealed that they have now agreed a deal with Koln to sign Podolski in the summer for £ 10.9 million. Even though Arsenal might not have paid a huge transfer fee for the player, many have been suggesting that the arrival of Podolski signals a lot of intent from Arsenal. Wenger has once again reiterated at the same fact that saying that the signing of Podolski will be a clue to star striker Robin van Persie that the club is heading in the right direction.

Robin van Persie has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in the summer. It is thought that Manchester City will be making a £ 30 million offer for the player in the summer, who has just one year left on his current contract. As a result, Arsenal will be tempted into selling him just as they did with French playmaker Samir Nasri last summer. However, Wenger reckons that Podolski’s arrival will be a major coup for Arsenal because it not only provides them with the option, but it will also help them persuade van Persie to sign a new contract.

“Great players like to be with great players, so it helps always to get them in. First, we want Robin to stay because he is convinced that we can play for the championship. I believe we have that. We have bought Podolski; our next step is to bring [Jack] Wilshere back, [Abou] Diaby back, then if you look at our squad I don’t feel we are behind anybody else,” said Arsene Wenger after confirming the signing of Lukas Podolski. Arsenal are in a race to finish in the top three right now.

TRANSFER BACK ON

Lukas Podolski looks all set to join Premier league club Arsenal in the summer after it was heavily speculated in Germany that his club FC Cologne have decided to let him leave in the summer.

Lukas Podolski has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe. Arsenal have been credited with having been accepted an offer of £ 10 million for the striker, but of late, the striker has been linked with a move to Italy due to the presence of German international Miroslav Klose. Now, however, Arsenal seem to be back in the forefront for signing the German international after it was revealed that he has agreed personal terms with the London club.

Even though Cologne are unwilling to reveal the details of his transfer, it is thought that they have agreed a £ 10 million fee with the English club. Cologne are currently down near the bottom of the Bundesliga table in the 16th position. Lukas Podolski has already spoken of his desire to win trophies in the remaining few years of his career. The 26-year-old has said that he does not see the ability to win trophies at Cologne. The former Bayern Munich man has been one of the reasons for Cologne staying in the division.

It remains to be seen whether the arrival of Lukas Podolski at the Emirates stadium will mean that star striker Robin van Persie will depart in the summer. The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of next season, which has prompted speculation that Arsenal will be interested in taking an offer for the 28-year-old. However, there have also been suggestions that Podolski will be able to play alongside Robin van Persie next season. Manchester city are linked heavily with making a concrete bid for van Persie in the summer.

PARLOUR BACKS PODOLSKI MOVE

Arsenal stalwart Ray Parlour has said that the signing of Lukas Podolski will certainly enable Robin van Persie to become even better. Robin van Persie has can one of the reasons for Arsenal to be challenging for the third position this season after a very poor start.

The Dutchman has so far scored 33 goals in the Premier league alone, but he is out of contract after just one season. He has been linked with a move to Manchester City, who are willing to offer him up to £ 250,000 a week. As a result, Arsenal are lining up the signing of Lukas Podolski as a replacement for van Persie. Ray Parlour, though, suggests that both Lukas Podolski and van Persie can play in the same team, with the latter to benefit from it hugely.

Ray Parlour won 3 league titles with Arsenal during his career with the London team. Now, he has said that he is extremely looking forward to the prospect of seeing both the strikers at the club next season. Even though there has been no development with regard to the Robin van Persie contract situation, Parlour has said that van Persie will eventually sign a long-term contract and that he has the best possibility to play regular football at Arsenal.

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