Germany legend and now-national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff says Lukas Podolski must hold talks with Arsenal regarding his diminishing role at the club.
Podolski, 29, has made just three brief Premier League appearances so far this season following a summer of speculation surrounding his future, with his lone start of the campaign coming in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton last month.
The World Cup-winner was linked to the likes of Juventus, Napoli and Wolfsburg during the closing stages of the transfer window, before Danny Welbeck’s £16 million arrival from Manchester United on deadline day, and made his frustration public last week when he told German TV station RTL that he is considering leaving the club in the winter.
‘I love competition. And when I don't have that competition every weekend, there has to be a change,’ he said.
‘We'll see about [a possible transfer in January]. But I have to at least give it a thought.’
While Die Nationalmannschaft manager Joachim Low has kept faith in Podolski despite his domestic struggles, calling him up for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and the Republic of Ireland, Bierhoff has urged the forward to resolve his future at the Emirates as soon as possible.
‘He is a unique lad, and he's an important part of our squad, not only on the pitch,’ he told a news conference on Wednesday.
‘And I can understand that when he is struggling for minutes, he considers his future because he wants to play football.
‘I would advise him to seek talks with the coach, and to find a solution which fits both sides. I hope that, should he make a switch, his path will lead him to a club that will give him continuity.’