C’mon–alliteration is fun: (a) punks (b) peckerheads (c) putos (d) prats (e) other (keep it PG, please).
My goal at the end means that the scoreline flattered us a bit, and I think they were better than us in that match.
Therefore, it’s with bated breath that I hereby anoint Lukas Podolski as the man to take this game by the throat. I’m not even committing to him starting, but with Giroud out, we need some verve and precision up top, and Podolski has these, if not in spades, then at least more than Gervinho does. He’s only played 110 minutes in his last six appearances but has looked lively and hungry. Whereas some of our other attackers struggle to put up shots or to put them on-frame, Podolski has been taking some blistering shots that have forced difficult saves from keepers. At this point, he’s the only striker (yes, yes, he also plays as an AMC) we have who puts me forward on the edge of my seat when he has the ball. With Gervinho and even Walcott, I take a more “wait-and-see” attitude. Podolski has the bearing and the skill of someone who wants to score, and he sends thundering shots goal-wards. Even if he’s only scored once, his shots are likely to create rebounds for teammates to pounce on. With thirteen goals and ten assists across all competitions, he’s also been one of our most-prolific scorers and creators.
I regret that Giroud will be unavailable for two reasons: one, it would have been some poetic justice had he outscored van Persie; and two, his partnership with Podolski frequently brings out the best in both men. In his absence, then, Podolski will have to coordinate better with Cazorla, Walcott, and whoever else surrounds him. I’d love to see him start and get a good 60-70 minutes, if not a full 90. If Arsène does go with Gervinho up top, I hope we don’t have to wait very long for Podolski’s arrival. I’m going to go out on a limb and say, in either case, he’s scoring one and creating another for a teammate. Bring it on, you filthy devils; Poldi is ready and waiting…