Hertha Berlin rule out ambitious deal for Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Inside Olympiastadion - Hertha BSC

German international Lukas Podolski will not be joining former youth team coach Jos Luhukay in Berlin.

This week has once again seen the future of Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski called into question, after the German international made these statements to the press whilst on international duty.

The World Cup winner is reported to have stated:

"I am not happy with the situation at the moment. It would be wrong to suggest that I am. I still have fun playing football but when the competitive element of it is taken away from me, the one I enjoy so much, then I am not happy. I have to think about will happen this winter and will look to hold talks with the club.”

“There were no offers [in the summer]. In football you can’t sadly just go looking for a club but have to see what comes.”

Podolski is an Arsenal fan favourite but has never truly found his place in English football. Is he a striker, winger? In truth he is a bit of both - which is why Arsene Wenger so often leaves him out of the Arsenal first-team.

But despite this he remains a regular with the German national team, with whom he won the World Cup in the summer. Whilst in Berlin with the national team he often catches up with his former coach at first club FC Koln, Jos Luhukay.

He was assistant at his home-town club when the Arsenal forward was just a kid, but nowadays he works as the head coach at Hertha Berlin.

They have shown some ambition in the transfer market recently, with the likes of John Heitinga and Salomon Kalou both arriving at the Olympic Stadium.

But will Podolski be joining? Luhukay does not think it likely:

"I was an assistant coach in Cologne and also responsible for the talents. Luke has come up from the A-youth to the professionals. Since then we have contact, we send text messages. "

"He has got off to a great career, one you can only dream of. He is a fantastic boy who has not changed despite all the successes. He is always welcoming, a great person. "

"We have not spoken [about a move]. But seriously: That is nothing, he will only come to Berlin with the national team."

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