I cant remember the last time I wrote some very positive news for Arsenal. It’s been a series of unfortunate incidents ever since the season started, and yet another one today. Lukas Podolski, the German international, has reportedly threatened to quit the Gunners unless given more playing time.
The forward has found himself frozen out of the first team lately, and has played less than 40 minutes of Premier League football so far. His only start was in the League Cup against Southampton. Arsene Wenger has regularly chosen to play people like Mesut Ozil out of position on the left wing rather than play Podolski for whom that is a natural position.
Podolski joined the Gunners in 2012 from Cologne, and has gone on to score 28 times in 74 appearances. And the demand for the German is also high, with Italian giants Juventus and German club Wolfsburg both monitoring the situation.
Last week it was announced that Podolski would hold talks with Arsene Wenger regarding his future at the club and the role he was expected to play. Those talks appear to have gone very badly, since Podolski has stated that he will be forced to look elsewhere in January unless Arsene Wenger hands him a chance in the starting XI:
I have assessed my position in the team, and it has to change now.
Let’s see what happens in the winter. The fact is that I’m not happy with it, that’s clear.
Losing a player who has generally been a strong performer is never a good thing, and with the state of the Arsenal squad being what it is, we simply cannot afford to lose more people. If Wenger is unable to convince the German to stay on at the Emirates, then the least he should do is bring in somebody as a quality replacement. Fellow German Julian Draxler and Brazilian Anderson Talisca are the players being most linked to replace Podolski.