Lukas Podolski, Arsenal‘s German forward, has delighted the club’s followers all around the world with his cheeky response to a question posed by a fan on his Twitter account.
The left-footed striker, who scored the second-fastest international goal in football history, has stated his opinion to retire rather than play for fierce north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur — a response that reiterates the intense passion shared by the club’s players when their loyalty is called into question.
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) January 15, 2014
Podolski’s return from a lengthy injury layoff has not been quite as good as he would have hoped for as the player is waiting to feature in Arsene Wenger‘s game plans more regularly. The goodwill from a spectacular strike against West Ham United after coming on as a substitute quickly evaporated after a poor performance against Cardiff City as his wait on the sidelines continued into the match against Aston Villa.
Much was made of the player’s perceived disappointing reaction when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted ahead of him in the dying moments at Villa Park last weekend, but Podolski responded with an amicable gesture by tweeting his happiness for his colleague, who was also returning from a prolonged injury break.
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) January 14, 2014
Podolski will no doubt play a key role in Arsenal’s goal-scoring plans this season with Theo Walcott injured. The FIFA World Cup later this year should be a huge motivation for the national first-team regular, and he needs to remind Wenger to start playing him consistently up front soon. A galore of important goals should make this very easy. The onus is on Podolski himself as Arsenal fans hope to see the club continue their run at the top of the Premier League.