Discontent growing amongst Arsenal strikers

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Arsene Wenger’s problems up front are continuing to grow as another one of Arsenal’s forwards has complained at being played out of position.

Theo Walcott has made playing in the centre-forward role a crucial issue in his contract talks and now new signing Lukas Podolski has echoed the England international’s dissatisfaction.

Podolski moved to the Emirates Stadium in the summer and has been used almost exclusively as a left winger, but he has now sent a message to Wenger by publicly stating a desire to move into a more central role.

“I’d rather play centrally up front; on the left I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. I am not a classical winger,” he said following the draw with Schalke on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old started his Arsenal career brightly but his performances in the last few weeks have not been quite so impressive and it has been suggested having play mainly out wide is taking it’s toll on the Germany international.

Walcott, meanwhile, has been impressing with each game as his involvement with the first team has increased in recent fixtures.

Walcott’s failure to sign a new contract has been posed as the reason behind Wenger leaving him out of the first team so regularly this season, though his improving form is making this increasingly difficult.

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