Arsenal boss backs striker to come good

Lukas Podolski, Arsenal 3 Norwich City 1Arsene Wenger believes Lukas Podolski has the ability to be Arsenal‘s main central striker in the future.

The Gunners must again do without 17-goal hitman Olivier Giroud when they travel to relegated QPR for Saturday’s late afternoon kick-off as the Frenchman continues his three-match ban.

German Podolski was preferred down the middle to Theo Walcott against Manchester United last Sunday, when it was the England forward who fired the home side ahead inside two minutes before the new Barclays Premier League champions recovered to draw.

Overall, though, Podolski produced a solid display, if without any real chances to add to his 14 goals and was replaced by Gervinho for the closing stages.

Wenger accepts he has a tactical decision to make again this weekend, but feels Podolski, signed from Cologne in the summer, has what it takes to play in a central role.

“I believe so, he has the qualities because he is a good finisher,” Wenger said of Podolski, who is reported to be set for surgery on his troublesome ankle at the end of the season.

“He has a good technique and because we have a game based on very quick combinations I believe he can be a part of that. Overall I am convinced in the coming games he will show it.

“A definite decision has not been made, but if there is an opportunity then there is a good chance I will do it.”

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