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Podolski wants central role

8 November 2012 08:13

Lukas Podolski is the latest Arsenal player to declare his desire to play a more central attacking role at the north London club.

Since his arrival from Cologne in the off season, the forward has generally been deployed on the left wing, with fellow attacker Theo Walcott stalling over a new contract after voicing a similar request for a central attacking berth.

Walcott bagged a hat-trick in the 7-5 Capital One Cup win over Reading from a central position and Podolski is hoping for some opportunities in that role himself sooner rather than later.

Speaking to reporters after the 2-2 Champions League draw with Schalke on Tuesday, the German said: "I'd rather play as a central attacker.

"On the left I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. I am not a classical winger."

The former Bayern Munich man is happy with how he has adapted to life in England but is expecting to make a bigger impact before long.

"Arsenal was a change, a different country and a new club," he said.

"I am getting along well, for sure, but I demand more of myself - I want to play even better."

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