first_imgAdvertisement Lukas Podolski slams Arsenal chiefs for Champions League absence Podolski does not think Arsenal are cash-strapped (Picture: Getty)Lukas Podolski thinks Arsenal’s chiefs are failing to maximise the club’s potential with the Gunners heading for another season out of the Champions League.The last time Arsenal managed to finish in the top four of the Premier League was in 2016 and the London club are currently ninth in the table with ten more games left to play.Arsenal were Champions League regulars when Podolski was at the Emirates and the former Gunner insists the club’s cash-strapped image is wrong.‘The potential of what the club has, it has not been good enough,’ Podolski told Sky Sports. ‘I think they know it themselves. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They have the potential, the history, the facilities and I think they have the money as well.‘A club like Arsenal has to play every year for the Champions League. Of course, the Premier League is hard and even against the smaller teams. ‘It’s not like other leagues with two or three teams fighting for the title.’ Comment Ozil appears happier under Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes you have a coach and you can not deal with him. He can have a different view of football. ‘Arteta is back at Arsenal and you see the team is much more organised, more fight and discipline.‘I hope they can build a good team for the next couple of years. They can do it but they have to work together.’ Coral BarryTuesday 19 May 2020 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link884Shares Matches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:39FullscreenMatches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham eyeing transfer move for Alassane PleaMORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan responds to speculation over his Arsenal futureFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal chiefs have been frugal in their spending (Picture: Getty)Premier League action appears poised to resume in June, with clubs agreeing to return to training this week following the outbreak of coronavirus.Arsenal still have time to make up the eight-point gap between them and fourth spot, but Mikel Arteta will need his best players firing on all cylinders when they return.Mesut Ozil is set to play a key role and Podolski thinks the German is suited to Arteta’s management style.‘There is no discussion for me, [Ozil] is a great player,’ says Podolski. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes there is a problem with a coach or there could be an injury, things that happen in football and you have to deal with this situation sometimes.‘I think it’s a better fit [between Ozil and Arteta] than before [with Unai Emery]. They have played together and know each other. ‘Ozil is back on the pitch and the games I have seen he is doing much better than with the former coach. Advertisementlast_img

Lukas Podolski slams Arsenal chiefs for Champions League absence

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