Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has once again questioned his role at the club, and confirmed that he is seeking talks with Arsene Wenger.
The German international was an unused substitute during the weekend’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United, and appears to have been frozen out of Wenger’s plans during the early stages of the season.
Podolski has been vocal over his unhappiness at the situation so far, and told magazine Kicker that he wasn’t prepared to be treated ‘like a clown’.
"I have to try to talk with Arsene Wenger. I want a fair chance," he said, as relayed by the Daily Express.
"I love London, I like the club, but I do not like the situation. I'm not a clown."
"I like the club, but I do not like the situation. I'm not a clown"
Since moving to Arsenal from FC Koln in 2012 the 29-year-old Podolski has made 75 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, scoring 29 times. However, this season he has only turned out for the north London giants six times, with only three of those outings coming in the Premier League.
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It seems as though the summer arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have left him surplus to requirements, and even the recent injury crisis hasn’t allowed him to break into the first-team lineup.
Wenger opted to leave him out of the action on Saturday, despite Arsenal desperately needing a goal late on, and Podolski responded by posting a picture to his Instagram on Sunday with the hashtag ‘#BreakFromTheBench.’
It now remains to be seen whether or not Wenger will entertain talks with his unhappy forward, or if the Frenchman has already resolved to sell him in the winter transfer window.
With more than one key area of the squad needing improving or reinforcing come the start of the New Year Arsenal could do with raising some funds, and Podolski certainly has his suitors.
Recent rumours have inferred that clubs in both Italy and Germany are keeping tabs on him, and though his £100,000-a-week wages could prove to be a minor obstacle, Wenger shouldn’t find it difficult to offload him. What’s more it’s likely Podolski would push for a transfer were it to transpire that he isn’t in his current club’s long-term plans.
The powerful left-footer has lost his place in his national side to the likes of Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze and knows the situation won’t be changing anytime soon unless he can get regular game-time at club level.