Lukas Podolski has admitted he is not happy with his current role at Arsenal and has hinted that he could leave the club in the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old has been pushed to the fringes of Arsene Wenger's plans this season and has grown discontent with life on the bench. He is yet to start a game in either the Premier League or Champions League this season despite Arsenal's disappointing form.
Podolski was strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates in the summer, but when Olivier Giroud broke his ankle Wenger was forced to revise his plans to offload him. However, the arrival of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez has served to alienate Podolski from the first team.
"It is hard when you can’t do what you love. I don’t know why that is, you’d have to ask my coach in England."
While Wenger has dismissed talk that Podolski will leave Arsenal halfway through the season the player himself has reiterated his unhappiness with the current situation. He also hinted for the first time that he will be looking to leave in January.
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"It is hard when you can’t do what you love. I don’t know why that is, you’d have to ask my coach (Arsene Wenger) in England.
"If you can't play then you can't say he's not playing well or he has a crisis if you're not given the chance. If you only come in for 8 or 10 minutes it is hard to get into the game."
Podolski finds himself in a similar position to Joel Campbell, who has also been promised game time by Wenger but finds himself on the bench every week. In fact since Yaya Sanogo returned from injury the Costa Rican is not even making it into the matchday squad.
Campbell is reportedly unhappy but has not gone as far as Podolski. While one is likely to leave in January, Wenger will be reluctant to let both depart.