Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Arsene Wenger reveals why he cannot play Lukas Podolski up front

Arsene Wenger has admitted he's been tempted to play two strikers up front but says he's unable to do so because he's without injured Theo Walcott.

The Frenchman switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the closing stages of Saturday's FA Cup semi final against Wigan, with Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo leading the line.

But it's rare to see the Gunners play with two strikers down the middle and Wenger has explained why he hasn't employed Lukas Podolski in a central role.

Speaking after Tuesday night's 3-1 win over West Ham, Wenger said:
"I am tempted [to play two strikers in the middle] but I have so many offensive players, who all want to go in the middle, and Lukas is the only one who is really a wide player.  
"Rosicky is a central player, Cazorla is basically a central player, and when you don't have Walcott it's very difficult to do that."
Wenger added:
"I played him [Podolski] centre forward a few times and I felt he came a lot to the ball, more like an off-striker than a target striker.  
"But he is a fantastic finisher because he has unbelievable power and a very short backlift.  
"So the one you want to have a chance is him."
Podolski's brace last night took the German to ten goals from 22 appearances in all competitions. 

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