Ian Wright ‘very surprised’ by Arsenal’s £10.9 million signing

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned one of Arsene Wenger’s major moves in the transfer market in recent years. 

The Gunners manager has often been criticized by many for not spending enough to add more quality to his side.

Ahead of Robin van Persie’s departure in the summer of 2012, Wenger agreed to complete the signing of ex-Germany international Lukas Podolski from Cologne in a £10.9 million deal.

But after three years at the Emirates stadium which saw him denied regular playing time, the forward was sold to Turkish outfit Galatasaray in 2015.

Podolski received plaudits from all angles this weekend as he retired from international football and that reminded Wright about his Arsenal switch a few years ago.

“I was very surprised we signed Lukas Podolski. There was nothing that I saw about Lukas Podolski that made me think he was going to fit into an Arsenal team apart from the left foot shot,” Wright said.

“We needed someone to kick us on. He didn’t play as often as I thought he would and he didn’t play as well as I thought he would when he did play.”

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