Joachim Low believes Lukas Podolski has become a better player as a result of his move to Arsenal, ESPN has reported. The Germany Coach added that Podolski was now one of the first names on his team sheet due to the start he has made in the Premier League.
Podolski has passed the 100-cap mark for Germany but ESPN notes his future in the national team was thought to be under threat, thanks to the proliferation of young attacking talent making its way through the ranks. Low however has moved to dismiss such speculation, insisting that Podolski has an important role to play – thanks in large part to his summer transfer to the Gunners.
Low said: “I have always been able to count on him for many years. That makes him indispensable for us. Even if he did not always start games, I always rated him very highly.
“I think the progress he is making at Arsenal is very positive. He always has such a positive energy about him and is benefiting from his experiences with Arsenal.”
Podolski has made nine appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring four times, including two goals in the Champions League in as many games. The 27-year-old was previously with FC Koln, and also spent time at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Arsenal have received good news in their pursuit of Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila.
Talking to clubcall, M’Vila’s agent, Werner Baader, revealed: “We had contact with Bayern Munich. He is not the kind of player they are looking for at Bayern. They are looking for someone in this position, but they want somebody with different abilities.”
The Gunners have long been linked with the France international, who is currently on international duty at Euro 2012, where he has played against Sweden and Ukraine, being injured for the clash with England.
Arsenal have received a bid for French defender Sebastien Squillaci. The big stopper has been out of favour for both club and country recently and would be looking for a move that could see him playing regular football again.
The Sun reports that newly promoted side, Bastia, want him to return the Lique 1. The 31 year old has previous experience in the French league, playing for both Monaco and Lyon. He was part of the Lyon double winning side in season 2007/08. He also won the Copa Del Rey with Spanish side Sevilla in 2010 before signing a 3 year deal with Premiership side, Arsenal.
Sebastien Squillaci’s 2 years at Arsenal has seen him play 38 games in all competitions, scoring 2 goals. He has 21 caps for France and also qualifies to play for non-FIFA affiliated team Corsica.