Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has left Lukas Podolski out of his squad for this evening's Premier League showdown with Everton and instead ordered the World Cup winner to do extra training at the club's London Colney training ground.
Podolski's surprising snub was discovered by The Sun late last night, who also reported that the clinical forward was not given a reason for his omission by Wenger as speculation continues that Arsenal will sell the German international if they receive an offer worth £14 million in the next 10 days.
Two out of three for Merseyside trip
Wenger is short of options in key positions for today's trip to Goodison Park, which has forced his hand with regard to easing his World Cup winners back into action.
Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil have been recalled and are in contention for their first start of the season on Merseyside, but the same luxury has not been afforded to Podolski.
The 29-year-old recovered from a torn hamstring to record a very respectable 12 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season, with plenty of sides interested in a late summer transfer as a result.
Poldi available at a price
Serie A giants Juventus have contacted Arsenal in the last 24 hours to find out if Podolski is available for transfer and are believed to have received a positive response, with the Gunners willing to do business if they can turn a profit on a star they paid £11m for in 2012.
Wolfsburg are also willing to offer the 116-cap international a Bundesliga return if the price is right, with serious interest that will force Wenger to make a tough call over a player like no other in the Arsenal squad before the transfer window slams shut.
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