Dinamo Moscow have begun negotiations with Arsenal over the prospect of signing out-of-favour striker Lukas Podolski in the January transfer window, reports claim.
The German international is reportedly considering his option in North London after losing his place in the first-team and being restricted to just seven substitute appearances in the Premier League.
Summer arrivals Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have increased competition for places in the Gunners’ attack and despite Wenger’s best intentions to rotate the squad Podolski has suffered.
The French boss recently backed the former Bayern Munich man for more game time following his double over Galatasaray in the Champions League, but such promises have been made before.
According to Sky Sports Italia, his situation has attracted interest from Russia and top-flight outfit Dinamo Moscow have already begun to negotiate a possible January deal.
As reported by Dario Massara, there have been contacts between the German striker and Dinamo Moscow, the only team to win all their matches in the Europa League.
"The Russian club likes the player, the negotiation is ongoing but it remains to be seen if Wenger is willing to lose him after those two goals in the Champions League,” the report claims.
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 in the process.
This season, he has been limited to mainly cup competitions where he has scored three Champions League goals in just 129 minutes worth of action.