The Germany international is being linked with a January move away from the club, but is Arsene Wenger doing the right thing?
The former Bayern Munich attacker is a firm fans’ favourite and has been with the North London club since the summer of 2012.
However, with opportunities to play very limited this season and Podolski obviously keen to see more action, should Arsenal sell him this January?
With the summer arrivals of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, Podolski has slipped down Arsene Wenger’s pecking order and has not started a Premier League game this season.
Seven substitute appearances totally a measly 99 minutes of action have resulted in no goals and the player becoming disillusioned with his situation.
Podolski only started 14 games in the league last season and has struggled to nail down a consistent place in the Gunners’ starting XI in his time in England.
Despite this, the player’s attitude has been good and the German is a favourite of the Emirates Stadium faithful.
With the potential for Podolski to continue being on the fringes, it seems only fair that Wenger should allow him to leave in search of regular first-team football in the new year.
Despite the fact that Podolski has not featured very often in Arsenal’s Premier League campaign so far this term, there is no doubting his quality and his presence on the bench gives the Gunners real strength in depth.
The Germany international has scored some important goals during his time in North London and his introduction as an impact sub always gives opposition defences a new threat to have to deal with.
There has been an over-reliance on Sanchez to net goals for Arsenal this season, with Welbeck’s three strikes and Giroud’s five showing that goals from other sources are still needed if the club are to challenge for silverware.
With Podolski versatile enough to play anywhere across the forward line and an experienced campaigner amongst a relatively young squad, the reasons to keep him at Arsenal start to stack up.
Also, if Podolski was to leave, there may well be pressure to find a replacement in the January window; landing someone of his calibre could well be a tough ask.