Arsenal star vents Wenger frustrations

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski says that he has grown infuriated with Arsene Wenger’s consistent substituting of him.

The German attacker has not finished a full 90 minutes since the second leg of the Gunners’ Champions League elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich in early March in what has been a frustrating time for the club.

Although he has started regularly, Podolski is often taken off by Wenger, and was again withdrawn in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on Saturday during the second-half.

Although he was thrilled to see his side eventually go on to book their spot in the tournament’s showpiece tie, he said that the situation in which he currently finds himself is one that his frustrating him:

“I play and in the last games, I always come out and of course you cannot be happy when you always go out after 60, 70 minutes,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“When you go out and you are happy, you are not a footballer so of course I am not happy always to be substituted.

“It’s the decision of the boss, he is the manager. He decides who comes in, who comes out, who are the first XI.

“It’s not always easy when you play for a big club but of course I am not happy to always come out and watch from outside. You cannot be happy with this situation.”

Podolski was linked with a move away from Arsenal in January, with some reports suggesting that he was set to be including in a swap deal involving Schalke’s Julian Draxler.

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