1
Jan

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski sends message to racing legend Michael Schumacher

Aside from the fact that strikers hope to score in every match, Lukas Podolski had a little extra motivation on New Year’s Day — he was going to do it for his German compatriot Michael Schumacher. The seven-time Formula 1 champion has been in critical condition the past few days, following a serious ski accident that left him in a coma with severe head trauma.

Though Podolski failed to get on the score sheet, he posted a little tribute to Schumacher on his Facebook after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Cardiff. With several teammates around him, Podolski lifted up the undershirt he was wearing with the message “Get Well Soon Schumi.”

29
Sep

Arsenal plots move for Bender

With German compatriots - Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker - already at the Emirates, next on Arsene Wenger’s wish list is Lars Bender. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is highly rated by the German club and will want to make sure the price is right before selling off one of their best players.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

25
Jul

German Samurai, Pant-less Giroud highlight Arsenal’s Asia Tour

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Image via Facebook

On the field, Arsenal enjoyed lots of goals on their preseason tour through Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia. It seems like the Gunners had a “blast” off the field as well.

For one, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker showed off their affinity for Japanese culture by dressing up as Samurai warriors and staging a live ‘showdown’ in front of teammates and fans. Seriously, this video might be the greatest thing to come out of Japan since the Sony Playstation:

(video H/T 101GG)

And if that wasn’t enough, the club posted a video of “Arsenal Tour Outtakes” to their website, chronicling the shenanigans of Mertesacker, Podolski, Olivier Giroud and co.

Warning: video may or may not include footage of Giroud in his underwear:

7
Jul

The leaked image of Arsenal’s new away shirt

Without big breaking news, huge transfers and live games, the soccer ‘silly season’ is in full flow. As a result, one of the most anticipated news snippets in the summer is the first view of a team’s new kit. Quite often they provide the ‘water cooler talk’, whether it’s a stylish strip or a garish attempt, such as Liverpool’s this season.

Next up in the kit unveiling stakes is Arsenal. While their new away kit hasn’t actually yet been revealed, we’ve caught a glimpse of what is reported to be the new shirt. Just click below to see the eye-catching attempt.

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Yep. Nike’s final season with Arsenal has allowed them to pull out all the stops. It’s a pretty simple design but it certainly draws attention. We like it, even the smart addition of the buttons and collar!

The shirt will be officially unveiled on Tuesday. Who knows, we could soon see the likes of Gonzalo Higuain in it too.

[H/T 101 Great Goals]

30
May

You’ve probably heard this already, but, Germany are pretty good at soccer. Lukas Podolski made known as much, scoring just 9 seconds (NINE!) into Wednesday’s friendly match against Ecuador. Podolski, who is fighting to keep his place as a starter, broke Germany’s national team record for fastest goal scored, then added a second goal later in the match in a 4-2 win.

12
Mar

European giants eye Arsenal’s Podolski

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Lukas Podolski isn’t getting the amount of game time he would have expected when he joined Arsenal and isn’t playing in his favorite position either which has prompted a couple of European clubs to express an interest in the Germany international. Check out which clubs are sniffing around and read the rest of the gossip by visiting Paper Chase at FOX Soccer.

19
Feb

Bayern cruises past Arsenal in first leg

Bayern Munich underscored its Champions League title aspirations with a comfortable 3-1 win at the Emirates, all but sealing Arsenal’s fate and earning Bayern its first ever win in London.

Toni Kroos opened the scoring in the 7th minute with what would stand up as the goal of the game. Check out Thomas Muller’s fine cross to set up Kroos, who one-times it beautifully past Wojciech Szczęsny. 

 

Muller scored one of his own in the 21st minute, making him the first ever German player with a goal and an assist in a UCL match in England. Lukas Podolski’s header briefly gave Arsenal hope in the second half, but then this happened:

 

Mark that one down as the oddest goal of the season!