Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has revealed that Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs contacted his representatives over a possible switch in the January transfer window, but rumours of interest from another Bundesliga giant in Schalke are wide of the mark.
Podolski has failed to convince Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he deserves a regular run in the first team this season, featuring in just four Premier League games so far this season and making just a single start in all competitions.
The 29-year-old's absence from the starting XI has regularly been blamed on post World Cup fatigue by Wenger, but that excuse won't wash after the 120-cap international was snubbed for tonight's Champions League showdown against Borussia Dortmund.
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In an interview with Sport Bild the World Cup winner was asked if he's had a concrete offer to leave Arsenal in January, doing little to dampen speculation over his future with a response that indicates Wolfsburg are serious about bringing the striker back to the Bundesliga.
On rumours of interest from Schalke and Wolfsburg the Gunners fan favourite conceded: "I'm always surprised by these statements. Who said that I want to move to Schalke? Neither my advisors nor I were contacted by Horst Heldt.
"I only know from my consultant that Mr. Allofs has inquired after me."
Sanogo snub the final straw
If Podolski was in any doubt over where he stands in the Arsenal pecking order Wenger's team selection for the Dortmund showdown confirmed how far he's fallen, with Yaya Sanogo picked to lead the line after Danny Welbeck ruled out nursing a knee injury.
Olivier Giroud was also ineligible for the crunch European clash, but Podolski still couldn't get his first start in the competition this season.
There's a strong argument to suggest that Podolski is the most clinical finisher at the club, with his impact from the bench in last month's 2-1 win over Anderlecht a shining example of that ruthless streak in the final third.
Wenger clearly doesn't think that attribute is enough to drop the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and now Sanogo though, which may mean the £100,000-a-week star has to seriously consider speaking to Wolfsburg chief Allofs when the January transfer window opens.