Lukas Podolski is not happy with lack of playing time at Arsenal. He has made that clear in abundance.
The Germany international forward may be a World Cup winner, but at the moment he is not playing that much for the Gunners.
Podolski has made just four appearances in the Premier League so far this season, scoring zero goals and creating just one chance.
The 29-year-old has an impressive pass accuracy of 83% but a disappointing shot accuracy of 25%, while winning 100% of his duels.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not seem to have any immediate plans to play Podolski regularly, and it appears that the German is running of patience, voicing his discontent with his current situation at the Emirates Stadium once again.
“I've spent the last four months making brief appearances”, Goal.com quotes Podolski as saying. “I've had to wrap myself up warm in my winter coat with my hat and scarf on to watch the others playing.
“I would rather show Arsenal what I am capable of but this chance to show what I can do is not being given to me.
“I want to play football for many years to come so am I meant just to say everything is fine and sit my contract out?”
Podolski is a good player, maybe even a very good player, but he is simply not that good to be part of the Arsenal first team on a regular basis.
True, the former Koln star won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil in the summer, but one suspects that the European giants would have won the competition even without him.
By consistently expressing his discontent in public, Podolski is not helping his case. Wenger is unlikely to be persuaded by his constant moaning to the media, especially when the forward indicates that it is the manager’s fault for not believing in him.