Lukas Podolski to 'speak to Wenger' about 'unhappy' Arsenal situation

Lukas Podolski has not started a single Premier League or Champions League game for Arsenal this season.

The 29-year-old has seven appearances to his name this term, with four substitute appearances in the Premier League and three in the Champions League totalling just 72 minutes of action.

Coming off the back of two impressive seasons with the Gunners - which brought 28 goals in 69 games - it was a surprise to see the German international forward on the sidelines at the start of the campaign, especially as a World Cup champion, but the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck - who have been used in the forward and left-wing positions ahead of Podolski - have limited his impact.

Gunners’ head coach Arsene Wenger has received some criticism in the Podolski situation, with the Frenchman unwilling to play the forward when the club needed goals last season, despite his impressive strike rate, and, with the club faltering again this year, it is a surprise to see him still on the fringes of first-team action.

The forward is reportedly on the market for the January transfer window, and, although Bundesliga sides Schalke and Koln have ruled out purchasing the striker, a number of clubs are said to still be interested in signing the man who sits joint third-place on the list of all-time German international goalscorers. Podolski has never confirmed whether he is looking for a move away from the Emirates Stadium in January, but he told The Guardian that he intends to speak to Wenger to clear the air, especially after receiving a warning from Germany boss Joachim Low that he must be playing at club level if he wants to be included on the international scene.

“I have to speak to Wenger because the situation at the moment is not good for me because I have to play, so we will see what happens,” the forward said in the wake of the World Champion’s 1-0 victory over Spain on Tuesday night.

“I am happy at Arsenal and happy in London but the only thing is I don’t play. I don’t get the chance to play. I play always 10 to 15 minutes. I cannot be happy with this.

“I never say that I am unhappy with the club or with the players or with the city but I want to play. I think when I am ready and 100% I could play in the first XI.

“But it is Arsène Wenger’s decision. He picks the first XI and he picks the tactics.

“I don’t say that I want to leave or that I leave in winter. I just think about my situation and my situation is unhappy. I am happy with the team and the coach and the club but I don’t play. That is the only thing.”

Podolski will be joining up with Arsenal in the coming days having ended international duty with Germany, and he will be looking to clear the air in the coming weeks, with the January transfer window just over a month away.

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