Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has dropped yet another hint that he could be set to leave the club in January, after confirming that his situation needs to change.
The Germany international has found game-time extremely difficult to come by this year and, prior to the break which saw his national side lose against Poland and draw with Ireland, he had already expressed his desire to think things through regarding his future.
Now, according to the London Evening Standard, the forward has resolved that he needs the situation to change at the Emirates Stadium if he is to stay there, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck having pushed him firmly down the pecking order.
"I have assessed my position in the team, and it has to change now," Podolski told reporters.
"Let's see what happens in the winter. The fact is that I'm not happy with it, that's clear."
The comments made by Podolski will have done little to allay fears that he will push for a winter transfer window exit, with a return to the Bundesliga perhaps on the cards. Inter Milan are known to be interested in signing the powerful left-footer, but a move back to his homeland would likely be preferable if he was given the choice.
Despite having arrived at Arsenal in 2012 with high expectations for his career in English football, the 29-year-old’s development has stalled to some degree, and though he remains a potential source of goals it doesn’t look like heading back the other way anytime soon.
The injury to Mesut Ozil could well provide him with a chance to break back into the first-team, but the fact remains that when Wenger has other options he’s been prone to choosing them instead, and by Podolski’s own admission he’s far from happy.
From the club’s point of view they’re likely to be willing to dispense with his services should a good enough offer come in. As of yet there’s been no mention of him potentially being handed a new contract and, with his current deal, worth £100k-a-week, expiring in 2016, the sooner they offload him the more money they can hope to recoup.
Though it was rumoured that they had spurned the advances of Serie A giants Juventus over the course of the latter weeks of the summer transfer window - due to Olivier Giroud’s untimely injury - their stance may well have changed, particularly given how well Welbeck seems to have settled in.
The ex-Manchester United striker bagged a hat-trick against Galatasaray in his most recent Champions League outing and has already been praised as having a potential level similar to club legend Thierry Henry.