Lukas Podolski has revealed that he’s frustrated with his first-team role at Arsenal and that he will be considering his future in the coming months as the January transfer window approaches.
The German star has been a Gunners player since 2012 but has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth either in a wide position or as a central striker throughout that time.
A summer move away from the Emirates Stadium was mooted, but the Polish-born hit-man opted to stay put.
However, his opportunities have remained limited, with his only start of the season having come in the Capital One Cup loss at home to Southampton – a game in which a number of fringe players were used.
The 29-year-old is in direct competition with a host of talented rivals for a spot in Arsene Wenger’s XI, and he has now suggested that he’s ready to leave London to get his career back on track:
“I cannot be satisfied with the situation I am in at Arsenal.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“I have not been in negotiations with other clubs, nor have I told Arsenal that I am looking to leave.
“I have just said how the situation is for me. I am under contract at Arsenal and I am unable to say, ‘I am off’.
“I am going to think things over soon as it’s going to be winter time.”
Germany’s director of football Oliver Bierhoff has also commented on the situation, advising Podolski to have a serious think about his career:
“I would advise him to carefully consider his situation with his club, to have a chat with the manager too.” He said.
“He needs to find the best solution, one he really enjoys.”
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