Podolski risks Arsenal fans' ire with ill-timed shin pad gag

The German posted a ‘Where’s Wally?’ mock-up on his Instagram account after scrambling around looking for one of his shin pads on Tuesday, but will Gunners see the funny side?


Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has risked the ire of Gunners fans by posting an ill-timed ‘Where’s My Shin Pad?’ picture on his Instagram account.

Podolski’s side were comprehensively beaten by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night in a result which once again leaves fans and media questioning the club’s ability to beat the top teams.

The German came on as a late substitute at Signal Iduna Park, but not before he was caught on camera scrambling around trying to find one of his shin pads.

After Aaron Ramsey checked he wasn’t sitting on it, Podolski was forced to borrow one belonging to Mesut Ozil, who had already been replaced following another poor performance.

It was an embarrassing night for Arsene Wenger’s side as a whole and with Podolski also pictured sharing some banter with Dortmund substitute Shinji Kagawa during the heavy defeat, the club’s fans might not see the funny side.

The 29-year-old also joked around with Dortmund’s Kevin Grosskreutz in the build-up to the match and afterwards the BVB defender revealed that he would have to buy Podolski a kebab as a result of a bet.


          Settled bets | Grosskreutz revealed he would have to buy Podolski a kebab


         Who’s laughing now? | Podolski has a joke with former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa


             Into the fray | Podolski finally comes on, but not before borrowing a shin pad from Ozil

Podolski, who has found himself out of favour at the Emirates Stadium and came close to leaving the club this summer, initially reacted sourly to the incident when questioned by Sky Deutschland.

”It was no big deal. I assume your reporter sometimes looks for his keys at home, too. It was gone, I think somebody stole it. But I took Mesut’s and it was fine.”

But he now sees the funny side – it is unlikely Arsenal fans will too.

Dortmund could have put four past Arsenal, says Kehl

The experienced midfielder claims the Gunners “never really offered much” and were fortunate the hosts did not make the most of their chances

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl feels Arsenal were fortunate to lose Tuesday’s Champions League clash by only two goals.

Ciro Immobile gave the Bundesliga outfit the lead in the dying seconds of the first half before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it two immediately after the break as Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated proceedings.

Kehl claims he never had any doubts Dortmund would bag the full three points and feels the Gunners were fortunate not to lose by a greater margin.

“Arsenal never really offered much. I was very confident after we got the first goal and I knew we’d be going for it again in the second half. We could easily have won three or four-nil,” Kehl told the official Uefa website.

“I’m not really surprised by how dominant we were. We know we can be very good when we put a lot into it and that’s what happened Tuesday night.

“Arsenal never really got into the game, they never really got going, and in the end we scored and deserved to win based on the way we played. We were alert, in good form and that caused them a lot of problems. 

“I never really felt that [it wasn't going to be our day] because they never got a hold in the game.”

Dortmund meet Anderlecht in Brussels on October 1 in their second Group D encounter.

Dortmund were perfect – Klopp

The German pointed to the “pressing and counter-pressing” of his side as key in a one-sided dismantling of Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp described his side’s performance as “perfect” after they swept Arsenal aside in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The hosts were much too strong for the Gunners with goals from Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang settling a one-sided encounter.

Indeed, the scoreline would have been much more emphatic had it not been for some woeful finishing from Dortmund and a number of fine saves from Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Klopp, however, was more than content to focus on the positives as the 2013 finalists got their Group D campaign off to an impressive start.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m very pleased. Three players went out of the team because of muscle problems [last night]. In the morning we made some decisions and I have to say it was a really great performance from my team. It was pressing and counter-pressing to perfection.

“We were brave, we were fast. We had everything we needed for this game because if you let them have one metre of space they are so strong. I saw some counter-pressing situations in the centre of midfield and it was perfect really. But you need to be brave for this. I enjoyed this game from the first second to the last.”

Klopp was even happy to pardon Henrikh Mkhitaryan despite the Armenian squandering numerous chances to make the scoreline more emphatic, adding: “I told him ‘today you don’t need your goals’. There will be a time when we need his goals and he will do it.

“We did what we had to do to win this game and for us it was near perfection. The important thing for me is three days and we play against Mainz. It’s hard work but if you see games like this it’s the best job in the world.”

Monreal out & Chambers doubtful ahead of Arsenal's clash with Dortmund

The Spanish left-back is has not travelled to Germany due to a back problem, while the 19-year-old is suffering from tonsillitis and is “50-50″ to make Tuesday’s fixture


Nacho Monreal will miss Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening, while Calum Chambers is a doubt.

Arsene Wenger is already without Mathieu Debuchy after the right-back suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Monreal did not travel to Germany due to a back problem but is set to return for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Chambers, meanwhile, is suffering from tonsillitis and Wenger admits it is “50-50” whether the 19-year-old will be fit to face Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Should Chambers fail to recover in time, 19-year-old Hector Bellerin is expected to start at right-back.

When asked if his options at the back are stretched, Wenger replied: “In defence, yes, of course the Debuchy injury puts us in a position where we don’t want more. Hopefully we’ll have good news after his scan today.

“We have Chambers who can come in different positions, Monreal can play at centre-back, we have as well Bellerin, who I think is ready to play.”