Much has been made of the future of Arsenal’s German star Lukas Podolski. Generally a regular starter at the Emirates, Poldi has struggled to break into the first team this season and has only been given one start so far this season, in a losing effort in the League Cup against Southampton.
Speaking to the press during a recent interview, Podolski expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation at Arsenal, and made it clear that he wants more playing time if he is to stay at the club. Other clubs are reportedly monitoring the situation, with Juventus ready to make a bid in the January transfer window if Podolski is ready to leave.
Wenger however has made it clear that Podolski is an integral part of his plans at the Emirates, and the manager wants to keep the forward at the club. As such, the two parties are set to hold talks in the coming days to decide the player’s future.
This is what the player had to say:
If my situation doesn’t change, I’ll have to think about leaving in the winter. I don’t like sitting on the bench. I am 29 and I want to play. I will speak with the manager and then see what happens.
Podolski joined the Gunners in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to represent the North Londoners 74 times, and helped the club end their nine-year trophy drought with an FA Cup success last season. Whether he chooses to stay on at London remains to be seen, but he has ensured that he will be remembered fondly at the Emirates.
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