Arsenal's Champions League opponents rekindle interest in Gunners outcast

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Galatasaray, who face Arsenal in the Champions League group stage this season, are set to rekindle their interest in Lukas Podolski.

After the arrival of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez this summer, it was clear that German international Lukas Podolski would struggle for regular first team football. The former Bayern Munich man joined Arsenal from Koln in 2012, and despite hitting double figures in goals in both of his seasons at the club, the 29-year-old remains on the fringes of the Gunners setup.

Yesterday, Podolski admitted that he wasn't happy at the Emirates Stadium, and that he needed his situation under manager Arsene Wenger to change in order to stay at the club.

"I can assess my situation, and it needs to change now – in the club," Podolski said. "Let’s see what happens now, and let’s see what happens in the winter. It’s clear that I am not happy right now."

A number of teams will no doubt be interested in acquiring the services of the World Cup winner, and one of his suitors from the summer transfer window is reportedly set to make a move in the New Year.

Turkish side Galatasaray are actually in Arsenal's Champions League group, and felt the effects of Welbecl's recent move as the former Manchester United man bagged a hat-trick against Cesare Prandelli's men, but the Italian may be hoping that the two clubs have formed relationship with their meetings by bidding for Podolski.

According to Turkish newspaper Miliyet, Galatasaray want to sign Podolski even after buying Goran Pandev this summer, with a January exit from Arsenal looking increasingly likely.

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