Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski must seriously consider leaving the club in January if he can't persuade Arsene Wenger that he deserves more consistent first-team opportunities, according to Germany coach Joachim Low.
Podolski is yet to start a Premier League or Champions League game this season, playing a grand total of just 169 minutes for Arsenal across eight appearances in all competitions.
The 29-year-old has found it difficult to keep his frustration with a peripheral role at the Emirates under wraps, a position which is definitely a concern for his national team boss.
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Podolski's lack of playing time at Arsenal has not had any impact on his position with the German national side as of yet, thanks largely to his strong relationship with Low and 120 caps worth of experience for Die Mannschaft.
Low has admitted that Podolski's lack of match practice means he'll have to think twice about starting him for Germany as things stand though, a stance which could force the 29-year-old to hold serious talks with Wenger before the transfer window opens.
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In his pre-match press conference for Germany's European Championship qualifier with Gibraltar the World Cup winning coach said: "He needs to play competitive games. Sometimes he lacks the physical condition to play the full 90 minutes.
"I'm aware he doesn't play a lot right now for Arsenal. He has to think about his situation."
Podolski may well get a run out against Gibraltar and a chance to feature in next week's marquee friendly against Spain, but beyond that the forward's club future looks increasingly uncertain.
Wenger simply doesn't trust the powerful finisher to start in big matches, which means Arsenal's German contingent may be one man light if the Gunners receive an acceptable offer for the £100,000-a-week star in January.