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Podolski To Play With Van Persie Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger said on Friday that he expects the deal for Germany striker Lukas Podolski, who has agreed a £10.9m move from Cologne, to be announced in “two to three weeks.”

The Arsenal manager insists Podolski will be signed to compliment Van Persie, not replace him.

“Our plan is, and I will not comment further on that, to keep Robin van Persie even if we buy any player,” said Wenger.

“He’s (Podolski) a good football player, above all. He can play for us because he can play central, play right and play on the left. He has 96 caps for Germany and is 26 years old, which is the best age. He’s available at a reasonable price, if we can reach an agreement, but at the moment we’re nowhere near.

“He is a good attacker, a sharp player.

“He is not just a player who makes and scores the goals, he is also a team player and that’s what I really like.”

 

12 comments… add one

  • Pius March 10, 2012, 2:25 am

    Wenger should buy the player and stop beating around the bush.

  • alireza fayyazmanesh March 10, 2012, 3:14 am

    We have to give the man space. give him time he knows, what he does. Wenger is not same other stupid maneger like Mancini.

  • Satish March 10, 2012, 3:42 am

    And guys like PIUS should butt out and let the club do its job.Wenger never ever comes up with transfer talks.The deal is completed subject to medical at the end of the season.So i say PIUS,there is a reason Arsene is the manager and you are here writing comments on a blog.Good luck.

  • Nicholas March 10, 2012, 4:07 am

    Wenge we r usualy tayad with ua words take action

  • Charlie March 10, 2012, 5:03 am

    Two things about this are exasberating. Firstly the way the media continue asking the same question (about RvP leaving) and getting the same response. No wonder Arsene says “I will not comment further on that” because he’s tired of repeating himself. Secondly that people insist on a transfer going through outside of the transfer window, which is not legal. Let me spell it out, Podolski will be contracted to Koln until the window opens, regardless of any pre-contract agreement not worth the paper they’re printed on. Arsene is probably doing everything in his power to ensure that he ends up at Arsenal but he CANNOT BUY A PLAYER OUTSIDE A TRANSFER WINDOW !

  • Aussie Jack March 10, 2012, 5:04 am

    I sometimes wonder if the fans have any influence at all over Wenger and his board of directors, does he ,and they, really understand their emotions? There`s a lot of PR and rhetoric but how sincere is it? They (the fans) haven`t been given a signing to inspire their loyalty for a long time and you get that kind of `let down` feeling like the younger brother who only gets his big bothers `hand me downs`. No matter what it costs give the little guy something new of his very own.

    • stevo March 10, 2012, 5:12 am

      Jack,i do not undestand your comment..are u saying wenger and the board should accept that a player has been signed outside transfer window? May be you are not even a fan..cos we arsenal fans understand wenger and in arsene we trust..

  • Charlie March 10, 2012, 5:06 am

    Wait and see, Arsene will get hit with a massive penalty for tapping up soon and we’ll all be thinking why did UEFA ignore Barcelonas’ tapping up of Fabregas ?

  • Ogaga simeon March 10, 2012, 6:00 am

    Prof,you are on the right track.lukas poldoski is the player with a great quality that can team up with rvp at the Emirate.wener please stop praising him beco,money bags like Chelsea,man u and man city are all leasting and watching with interest.we all know that any player wenger piont to buy the likes above will always want to buy same player!!!!

  • joseph odori March 10, 2012, 7:16 am

    WENGER! knows arsenal best and knows what arsenal needs’. But big boss improve on your decission making on your lineup and substituting. It costed life of ARSENAL faithful in Kenya.

  • RodGoonerInTtown March 10, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Fuck all the pessimists, I think Charlie will get a tap up the Arse for wishing that on LeBoss, tapping up is what it is, Arsenal are victims, so why curl up and take it? Take some power back and shut the hell up!!! I bet a month ago you were complaning about Wenger for not buying anyone and now bitching, your nOt an Arsenal fan but a Spud reading Arsenal blogs haha loser

  • sidiq adeoye March 14, 2012, 8:50 am

    Wenger should try as much as he can to reach an agreement with colong for poldoski signation , bcus he is d type who can complement RVP effort if not leaving by next season as boht. RVP and poldoski leading arsenal attact will signify one of d best striking force in euro and create fear to d mind of our locall EPL contender. All arsenal fan we be happy seeing poldoski in our jarsey. Up gunner.

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