Lukas Podolski has struggled for game time at Arsenal for a while now, and although he seems open to the idea of remaining at the Emirates, he insists that if he doesn’t get more game time he’ll be forced to leave.
The German international barely featured during the first half of the season, and was clearly unhappy with the situation. He secured a loan spell to Serie A side Inter Milan, but didn’t fare much better there either.
He will be returning to the club this summer, although for how long it’s unclear. He claims he has no intention of returning simply to reclaim spot on the bench, and if we can’t guarantee him first-team football then he will be forced to look for a move elsewhere.
“For me to make an important decision, perhaps to stay in London, to give full throttle again and how to attack. I’m not going to get there and sit quietly on the bench,” Podolski said, as quoted by German publication Morgenpost.
“If it is a new club, I have to make the right decision. Because it is perhaps the last big contract for me.”
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It’s hard to see the 30-year-old getting any more game time next season, as there are a number of top quality players ahead of him in the pecking order. He is clearly surplus to requirement at this point, and if we can find a club willing to take him off our hands, then it’s time we let the World Cup winner go.
It would be a shame to see him leave, as he is a fan favourite and clearly a character in the dressing room. We can’t afford to have any passengers though, and we need top quality attacking reinforcements if we are to have any hope of challenging for the title next season.