Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has finally gone public with his disappointment at not being given a chance to shine by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this season, demanding showdown talks over his future before the January transfer window opens.
Podolski has been strongly linked with a six-month loan switch to Inter Milan over the last 48 hours and on the surface it's easy to see why, with the 29-year-old failing to start a Premier League game so far this term.
Wenger's stance on the World Cup winner is even more baffling when you consider he's bagged three goals in five Champions League appearances to prove he's got a rare killer instinct in the final third, with the clearly frustrated star admitting his current predicament cannot be allowed to continue without him taking action.
Time to move on?
In an interview with Polish publication Super Express the former Cologne striker conceded: "I am not 20 or 21 years old and satisfied to wait for a chance. I am 29. I want to play, play, play!
"What can I do that I'm not already doing? I played in the starting XI in the Champions League and scored two goals, but then I was back on the bench [for the 4-1 win over Newcastle]. I don't know what more I can do to convince the coach."
Wenger can expect a knock on his door this week
Podolski also said Wenger "is not blind" and can see his frustration, adding: "In the next few days, I'm going to talk to him. I want to know what the club is planning for me."
Wenger has stubbornly refused to use Podolski from the start despite a widespread injury crisis at the Emirates this season, primarily because Alexis Sanchez has been such a success and likes to mainly operate on the left-hand side, on paper at least.
The Gunners boss clearly doesn't trust Podolski to match his hammer of a left foot to work-rate in big matches, but unfortunately for Wenger you can't keep a 121-cap international on the bench and expect him to be happy.
Last weekend's 2-1 win over West Ham United may well prove to be the final straw, with Wenger opting not to start Podolski once again despite losing Olivier Giroud to a three-match suspension.
Inter, Roma and a host of Bundesliga clubs would love to take Podolski on loan for the second of half of the season, don't be surprised if a player Joachim Low loves decides to force through an exit which will be extremely unpopular with the majority of Arsenal fans when the transfer window finally opens.
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