Lukas Podolski is unsatisfied with his situation at Arsenal

Seldom-used Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has reiterated his desire to assess his situation, but who should Arsene Wenger turn to in January?

Lukas Podolski is a bit-part player at Arsenal.

The 28-year-old German may have made three appearances in the Premier League this season, but on each occasion he came off from the bench and so, in total, has tasted just 39 minutes of competitive action in the division. In the Champions League he has been on the pitch for just 14 minutes.

When one looks at how many minutes he played in the club's ill-fated League Cup game against Southampton - all 90 - it is clear where manager Arsene Wenger sees Podolski's role at the club… on the fringes of the senior squad.

"I cannot be satisfied with the situation I am in at Arsenal," said Podolski, opening up to Deutsche Presseagentur.

"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."

Podolski was perpetually linked with Galatasaray during the summer transfer window but was recently believed to be interesting Internazionale.

The main question should be who Wenger brings in, in Podolski's place.

Considering the wealth of attacking talent in the club's armoury, a like-for-like replacement - a left-sided forward - is not a mandatory requirement. Not when Alexis Sanchez is in the form he is.

But, rather, the club should target a player they have been craving for years. One who can help provide much protection to the rearguard - a defensive midfielder like Cheick Tiote or Sami Khedira.

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