Lukas Podolski played 90 minutes on just five occasions in the Premier League last term and whilst injury saw him sidelined for some of the campaign, the Arsenal forward has been something of a peripheral figure since he arrived at the Emirates in 2012.
It’s abundantly clear that manager Arsene Wenger does not see Lukas Podolski as an option at centre-forward unless absolutely all other options have been exhausted, which would now include Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott.
Sanchez, along with Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be competing for a place on the left flank as well as possibly Jack Wilshere, Serge Gnabry and Joel Campbell too.
It is hard to see where Podolski is going to a) fit in to the starting line up and, subsequently, b) gain enough access to playing opportunities to keep him satisfied at the Emirates.
Rumour has it that the German international is being targeted by Galatasaray and it would not be remotely surprised to see a deal of that nature come to fruition – a Champions League club where he could replace the departed Didier Drogba doesn’t sound like a stretch of the imagination.
The question is, firstly, one of the player’s ambition – does a player heading into the twilight of his career want to spend it on the bench? Surely a player of his attitude would not find that fulfilling.
Secondly, how much determination is there for the manager to keep him? Let’s not forget he is on £100,000-a-week and that is a very high cost to the club for a player who may not even get a look in from the bench.
Given Wenger’s utility of the player predominantly as a substitute and the abundance of players, especially young players, coming up at present, it is more likely that Lukas Podolski will leave than it is that he will stay at Arsenal this summer.
From the players Wenger has brought in and brought back from loan so far this summer, there is not an urgency to keep the German on side mentally or on board physically at the club.
Will Podolski stay at Arsenal or go this summer?