Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is planning to have talks with boss Arsene Wenger regarding his future after falling out of favour at the Emirates Stadium.
The German international has so far struggled for game time this season following an influx of new attacking players during the summer.
The arrivals of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Joel Campbell (from his loan spell) have increased the competition for places, and Podolski is being consigned to a place on the bench.
So far this season, the former Bayern Munich man has made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League and just 13 minutes worth of action in the Champions League.
For a player of his ability, it’s clearly not enough and the 29-year-old knows it as he reveals plans of talking to boss Wenger over a possible January switch if the situation doesn’t change.
“If my situation doesn’t change, I’ll have to think about leaving in the winter. I don’t like sitting on the bench. I am 29 and I want to play. I will speak with the manager and then see what happens.” He said, quoted by the Mirror.
The 2014 World Cup winner isn’t short of admirers and should he wish to leave in January there will be a number of clubs queuing up for his signature.
Amongst those known to be keen are Serie A champions Juventus, as the Turn-based side’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta stated their interest last week, saying: “If there is a possibility to make a move [for Podolski] in January, we will do that.”
Podolski joined the Gunners in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to represent the North Londoners 74 times, and helped the club end their nine-year trophy drought with an FA Cup success last season.