The gunners left it late against Cardiff City as Bendtner came from the bench to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 victory. His 88 minutes goal was followed by Walcott’s 5th in 5 games.
With no Giroud, Ramsey and Ozil the gunners sprang back to the top.
Can Podolski Play 9?
One game may be too little to judge our german pseudo striker but he emphasised how important Giroud is to the team. Giroud seemingly dip in form opened the gates for Podolski to be tried upfront. The German had not fared well playing as a lone striker last season but his goal on his return spiced up things.
Giroud’s injury aided his first start in months and he was not spectacular. If Giroud is not the answer upfront, Podolski is neither. The fans would need to appreciate Giroud but if Podolski is to enjoy being a striker, it has to be in a two striker system. His pace and directness is good but can he man the 9? Wenger knows better. According to Wenger, he lacked sharpness.
With 25 minutes left to play, wenger opted for a double change. In came Bendtner and Rosicky for inefficient Podolski and flamster Flamini. The subs ignited the gunners with Rosicky the oiler and Bendtner the box threat.
Bendtner’s presence was a threat to the blue birds and the gunners began to rampage. His striker’s instinct helped as he blasted to the roof of the net after Sagna’s header was saved.
Love him or hate him, he is a better 9 than Podolski and poses more threat in the box than Giroud. His immediate injury prevented a super celebration but with his name sang to the heavens in the Emirates, his gift was enough. All of Wenger’s post match conference was about the dane.
I personally wish he stays and Arsenal wins a trophy before he goes if he must.
Park to the Party?
With injuries to Arsenal’s two big strikers, the North London derby FA cup match offers a new scope to Arsenal’s season. Podolski would be favoured to play upfront despite his last showing. What of Park?
Since his capture, his Arsenal career have been mysterious. In 2013, he featured for only 8 minutes. He has a goal to his name in the Carling Cup against Bolton seasons ago but what next?
The Mystery of Park is like the kozeny carman equation and only Wenger can solve him. Will he play against Spurs?