Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has hinted that he may have to leave the club if he continues to be placed on the bench, reports ESPN.
The 29-year-old - who has failed to make an impression this season despite winning the World Cup with Germany this past summer - wasn't handed any game time last night as the Gunners strolled to a 4-1 victory over Turkish outfit Galatasaray last night.
On his way out?
Despite reports linking him with a move away from the Emirates this past summer, it appears that he will at least be with the club until the winter transfer window. The experienced forward has still not started a game in the Premier League this term, and now he's insisted that there has to be a change or it could spell the end of his Arsenal career.
"I am a footballer through and through, I am a street footballer and I love competition. And when I don't have that competition every weekend, there has to be a change," Podolski told RTL in quotes reported by Spiegel.
"We'll see about [a possible transfer in January]. But I have to at least give it a thought."
It remains to be seen as to whether Podolski can force his way into Wenger's plans over the coming weeks and months or whether he decides to move on in 2015.
Arsenal's summer transfer activity certainly made life harder for Podolski after the club secured the services of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez. With Olivier Giroud currently out injured, Podolski may have hoped to be handed opportunities in attack, whilst first-team opportunities will be even harder to come by once Theo Walcott returns from injury.
Wenger has a luxury of talent in his attacking line, and it appears that Podolski doesn't have the attributes to challenge the top players at the club.
Podolski may once again have to look on from the bench this weekend as Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to take on league leaders Chelsea. Wenger's side will be determined to secure a positive result against the Blues on Sunday as they look to prove their credentials in this season's title race.
The Gunners are already six points off the pace at the top, so can't afford to be on the wrong end of a result against their title rivals this weekend.
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