Arsenal boss Wenger promises more first-team action for out-of-favour star

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is itching for more first-team football.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has promised striker Lukas Podolski that his long-awaited first-team opportunities will come.

The German international has been vastly underused this season, making just six substitute appearances in the Premier League and being limited to a handful of starts in the cup competitions.

It is unfortunate for the former Bayern Munich man, but summer arrivals Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have increased competition for places in the Gunners’ attack.

Still, Podolski’s goals-to-game ratio over a sustained period of time is the best of the North Londoners’ front-line, prompting questions to be raised over his exclusion.

His recent double in the 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasary proves his worth and Wenger has responded by stating he will get more opportunities to stake a claim for a regular first-team spot.

“He’s getting back into good form and there’s a lot of competition up front,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the official Arsenal website.

“We have injuries in midfield and at the back but up front we have all the players available so I can rotate a little bit game by game. He will get his opportunities.

“I can understand the frustrations of the players who are top quality and don’t play. But as well that is part of the job.

“You always have to be ready when you can help the team and the club. I cannot play all of the forwards so I have to make decisions.”

Podolski joined the Emirates outfit in the summer of 2012 and has made a total of 81 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring an impressive 31 goals.

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