German national team manager Joachim Low has revealed that Lukas Podolski needs to play more regularly for Arsenal if he is to be a starter in the Germany set up. The Germans take on Poland today before also facing Ireland next week in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Arsenal were represented by three players in the World Cup winning squad of Germany, but Per Mertesacker has since retired from international football and Mesut Ozil was sent back injured from the Germany training camp. Thus Podolski is the only eligible Arsenal man in the German set up.
But the forward has struggled to break into the first team at the Emirates this season. He was handed a start against Southampton in the League Cup, but failed to impress as Arsenal lost 2-0. Wenger has preferred to rest the German forward and play people like Ozil out of position on the left wing, not exactly a good thing for Podolski.
And as a direct result, Low has told the former Koln man that he cannot expect to be a key player unless he plays more regularly in the Premier League.
He has played very few games for Arsenal.
That he takes part in press conferences doesn’t mean that he will start for us. Lukas has shown time and time again that he can bring a lot of momentum into the game quickly.
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Despite the injury problems, we have a good axis. Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are World Cup winners. Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze also belong to this group.
My plans have been thrown somewhat by the injury situation. I had expected Ozil to be here. I think we can put together a good team nonetheless. In the past, we’ve been better in October than in September.
Someone like Podolski is very competitive and can easily change the course of the game after coming on. Whether Wenger will decide to use him remains to be seen, but if he does not, someone of the quality of Podolski will look for a way out. He has already hinted at a January transfer away from the Gunners if he does not get more playing time, and with clubs like Juventus reportedly waiting to snap up the player, Wenger needs to make his decision soon.