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Lukas Podolski: Not the missing piece in the Arsenal puzzle


Lukas Podolski Cologne

If the 3-3 draw with Norwich at the weekend revealed anything about the work that still needs to be done by Arsene Wenger in the transfer market this summer, the midfield was once again overrun by technically inferior opposition, and the defence continues to have the kind of soft centre forwards are only too willing to expose.

So it comes as something of a surprise that the first area of the team Wenger chooses to address is adding more firepower to his forward line by securing the services of Lucas Podolski for a rumoured £10m.

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History of Football: Winners of the World Cup 2002


World, Cup, 2002, Brazil, Germany,

Oliver Kahn, regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to grace the modern game, draws an imposing figure at six foot, two inches and with an almost innate ability to stifle the persistent endeavours of the most talented strikers he can be a frustration for any manager whose team have had the disgruntled pleasure to face him. His performances in the 2002 World Cup for Germany en route to the final looked to be rewarding the Lev Yashin goalkeeper of the tournament with the international silverware he so dearly craved to accompany the numerous honours won at club level.

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Sparky’s random reports: Sampdoria 3 – 2 Werder Bremen (Werder Bremen win 5-4 on aggregate)


In a weekly addition to the football randomness, I’ll be picking out a game a little off the radar and giving my in-depth report on a match likely to get a lot less love in the newspapers the next day.

With a night free of English interest in the Champions League, the Sky Sports multi-screen roulette (closing my eyes and pressing a number on the remote) served up the second leg match between Sampdoria and Werder Bremen, which was perfect considering I watched the first leg last week.

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