Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski will never get the status he’s looking for at the Gunners.
The German has been heavily linked with an Arsenal exit as his role in Arsene Wenger’s squad has changed, with new players coming into the attack of the side.
Podolski played well for Arsenal in the Champions League against Galatasaray earlier this week, but Carragher feels it’s unlikely to change the way he’s perceived and used by his manager.
“Looking at Podolski, I don’t think he’s ever going to be a regular – I think you’ll find in January or next summer, he’ll be on his way,” said Carragher during Sky Sports’ coverage of the Champions League last night.
Wenger signed Danny Welbeck from Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona last summer, with both players ahead of Podolski in the pecking order when it comes to the frontline.
Wenger also has Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo as options with Joel Campbell also placing the boss under pressure for a first team chance at the club.
There have been links suggesting that the German could stay in the Premier League, with Tottenham one of the sides thought to be interested in a deal but whether Wenger would sell to one of the club’s main rivals is extremely doubtful.
A foreign deal is possible and a potential return to Germany could be on the cards, with Podolski’s love for former side FC Koln well known.
It would be a shame for one of the club’s most popular first team squad members to leave but ultimately, he has to be selfish and do what’s best for him and Carragher doesn’t think he’ll get the opportunities he desires at Arsenal.