Unsettled Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has revealed that Wolfsburg are interested in offering him an escape from the Emirates Stadium.
Podolski, 29, has made just one start in nine appearances so far this season, following a summer of speculation surrounding his future, with September’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton his lone full outing.
Linked to various clubs during the closing stages of the transfer window, the subsequent £16 million arrival of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United has only served to push the German World Cup-winner further down the pecking order since, and caused him to express open concern about his future in north London.
With a return to the Bundesliga mooted, both Schalke and former club FC Cologne have ruled out potential winter bids over the past week, but the Gunners outcast claims that Wolfsburg have made enquiries about his services.
"I only know from my consultant that Mr Allofs [Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg's sporting director] has inquired after me," he told German newspaper Bild.
Arriving from Cologne in the summer of 2012, Podolski has scored a commendable 29 goals in 78 total games during his time at Arsenal, but now appears to be in manager Arsene Wenger’s doghouse.
His current contract is not set to expire until the summer of 2016, but the 121-times capped international told Kicker this week, in no uncertain terms, that he will not continue to settle for a bench role.
"I like London, I like the club. But I don't like the situation. I am not a clown who will just sit out his contract in the stands," he said.
"I need to seek talks with Arsene Wenger. I want a fair chance. Just let me play. And when I have played 10 games and have not convinced [Wenger], I'll gladly join the end of the queue again."