Arsenal Transfers: 5 Errors Wenger Made On Deadline Day
5. Not Selling Lukas Podolski
The summer transfer window is mostly designed for new and exciting arrivals and while it's the comings in that make the biggest headlines, the goings out are often not afforded the same attention. But departures are just as big a part of the window and Arsenal should surely have used the market to offload Lukas Podolski. Podolski has largely been a flop since joining from Cologne in 2012 and hasn't cut it in the Premier League, scoring just 19 times from his 54 appearances. His ineffectiveness in front of goal is largely down to poor form but also has something to do with the fact Arsene Wenger doesn't know how to get the best out of him. A natural forward, Wenger usually shunts the German out on the left-wing where he goes missing and is unable to perform at his best. And when he's not out of position he's little more than a glorified "impact sub", having made just 20 appearances in the league last term. Any sale of Podolski would have added funds to the bank that might have been spent on more suitable targets and shorn the club of a player who, while good enough, is largely marginalised and simply doesn't fit in at the club.
Joseph is an accredited football journalist and has interviewed nearly all of the current 20 Barclay's Premier League managers. He is also a correspondent for Bleacher Report and has written for Caught Offside and Give Me Football.