Podolski injury leaves Arsenal lacking up front

Arsenal’s major clearout and lack of signings have left the club with just enough players to fill the bench during the opening matches of the season.

It has meant that the club have needed most of their players to stay injury-free to prevent the club being left without anyone to fill that position.

Well, The Gunners are now facing severe problems up front as Lukas Podolski has been ruled out for the next 10 weeks after pulling his hamstring in the 2-0 win over Fenerbahce on Tuesday evening.

It is a severe blow for the German who had enjoyed a good start to the season including scoring a brace against Fulham in last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Craven Cottage.

This now means that Olivier Giroud is now the only lone striker in Arsene Wenger’s first team line-up heading into the team’s big derby clash against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Arsene Wenger has made no secret about his concerns about the setback elaborating about the severity of the injury. In a press conference, Wenger stated: “His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start.”

“It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price,” he continued.

Podolski now joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a long-term injury prospect dwindling Arsneal’s attacking potential considerably in the coming weeks.

It will mean that Arsenal will need to rely much more on Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud for goals as well as some of their offensive midfielders in what will be a tough few games for Arsenal.

The Gunners have the North London derby on Sunday afternoon as well as tough Champions league fixtures against Borussia Dortmund and Napoli after the international break.

Arsenal is still going to be without some of their defensive big names too over the following month or so as Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta still on the long term injury list.

One slightly encouraging piece of news on the injury front is that both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are going to be fit for Sunday’s derby after overcoming slight knocks picked up in the Fenerbahce game during the week.

Even so, the loss of Podolski means that Wenger will need to hope that younger players such as Ryo Miyachi and Yaya Sanogo are able to step up and fill the gaps otherwise September could be a difficult month for everyone involved with The Gunners.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!