Lukas Podolski has hinted again that he is not happy biding his time on the bench at Arsenal and could be set for a January exit.
The Germany World Cup Winner has started just two games this season, one in the Capital One Cup loss to Southampton and the Champions League dead rubber win over Galatasaray in which he scored an emphatic brace.
Despite scoring three goals in the Champions League this campaign he has been restricted to just seven Premier League substitute appearances and naturally has grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities afforded to him.
When quizzed by Super Express in Germany on recent rumours suggesting he is in line for a loan move to Inter Milan, he responded:
I am 29 years old and I want to play!
I am no longer 20 or 21 years old, so I cannot afford to sit around waiting for my chance.
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I am 29 years old and I want to play, play and play! I am not crazy, I don’t want to sit in the stands.
Over the next few days I will speak to the club, as I need to understand their intentions towards me. Wenger is not blind, he can see what I can give.
Inter? Nothing is to be taken for granted.
The suggested deal with Inter would see the forward leave in the winter window on a temporary deal until the end of the season with an option to buy for a further €6m.
Arsenal have plenty of attacking options at present but many fail to offer the goal threat the German possess. He is easily the best striker of the ball at the club but continues to be overlooked in games of late as his overall game is lacking.
With Olivier Giroud out of action due to his three match suspension there will be more opportunities for the 29-year-old over the next couple of weeks however with Theo Walcott back in the frame, not to mention a host of midfielders expected to return in early January – Podolski will struggle to get a look in.
However much I’d like to see Poldi remain, his departure seems inevitable. Sad to see him go because of his immense charisma and goal threat he possesses but the reality is he will only struggle to get a look in for the remainder of the season and it is fairly obvious he wants to play.
That said, half of our team could be back on the treatment table by next week…
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