Lukas Podolski has admitted that his future is still very much up in the air ahead of what could be a defining summer in his career.
The Germany international spent the second-half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, but only managed to find the back of the net once during his time at the San Siro.
Now, the question on everyone’s lips is whether or not he’ll return to Arsenal with a chance at breaking into Arsene Wenger’s starting XI or if he’s simply coming back to England to be farmed out again.
The man himself has offered his latest take on the speculation, suggesting that it could yet go both ways due to the nature of the situation.
According to the Daily Express, he said: "There will be speculation soon about me moving to Werder Bremen.
"People will make too much of that. For the moment it seems that I will be returning to Arsenal, it's a great club.
"But things can happen in the next few weeks."
One thing’s for sure and that’s that Podolski will have a very tough task becoming a regular option for Arsenal again following the second-half of last term. Not only did Wenger’s attacking line-up look extremely potent in marching to a top three finish, but they also secured the FA Cup for the second time in two years, humbling Aston Villa 4-0 in the final.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott all played a part in the Gunners clinching another piece of major silverware and if anyone’s going to break them up one would assume it would be an out and out finisher coming from another club, not someone Wenger already has within his fold.
What the future holds
On top of that Podolski’s loan spell in Italy was less than impressive under Roberto Mancini. The move may have gifted him the game-time he was looking for but it won’t have done anything for his reputation, and it will be a surprise if Wenger places his faith in him moving forward into a campaign wherein Arsenal will be expected to challenge across the board for honours.
If Podolski does end up leaving then it will likely be for the allures of either Germany or Turkey. The former nation has an obvious attraction as it’s his homeland, with the player himself having specifically discussed Werder Bremen as a possibility, but the likes of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce could use their money to challenge for his signature.
Arsenal fans, is Podolski’s time as a Gunner up? Should he be offloaded without hesitation? Let us know in the comments box below.