Lukas Podolski unhappy with Arsenal situation

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Lukas Podolski has confirmed he's not happy with his current situation at Arsenal and could leave the club as early as this January.

The 29-year-old forward insists he's not looking to force his way out of Arsenal, but he admits that he may have to consider his options if things do not change.

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Playing time

The 118-cap German international has never been a regular in the team since his move from Koln, and while Arsene Wenger is a big fan of his ability, the Arsenal boss has a number of options to choose from.

Speaking to Deutsche Pressagentur while with the German national team ahead of their European Championship qualifying fixtures, Podolski said: "Definitely [give serious thought to options], I cannot be satisfied with the situation I am in at Arsenal.

"I have not been in negotiations with other clubs, nor have I told Arsenal that I am looking to leave.

"I have just said how the situation is for me. I am under contract at Arsenal and I am unable to say, 'I am off.'

"I am going to think things over soon as it's going to be winter time."

Bierhoff advice

Earlier today Germany's director of football Oliver Bierhoff urged Podolski to think carefully about his next move, as a lack of regular action could hurt his national team chances.

Despite being consigned to a substitutes role more often than not in his two seasons at the Emirates Stadium so far, Podolski has managed to keep his place in the Germany team, and he was a part of the squad that won the World Cup in Brazil.

Joachim Low is a big fan of the forward, but Bierhoff believes he must find a situation that makes him happy - and that means playing time.

With Alexis Sanchez a recent addition, it's unlikely that Podolski will see much more at Arsenal over the season, which means a January move is a possibility.

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