All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.
It is no secret that Arsenal star Lukas Podolski is not currently happy with his place among the team at The Emirates. Largely used as a bit part player, and played out of position when used, he has made it clear in the past couple of months that he is considering his future at the club.
He has now most recently spoken to Super Express, again stating his overwhelming desire to play regular first-team football:
"On a transfer, the matter needs to be resolved because it cannot go on. I am not 20 or 21 years old, I don't want to wait for my chance. I am 29. I want to play, play, play!
"What more can I do than what I'm doing? I played in the first team in the Champions League, scored two goals. Then again I got benched. I do not know what more I need to show the coach.
"[Wenger] is not blind, he sees how much I give. He is also accountable for the results, I understand, but in the next few days I'm going to talk with him. I want to know what the club has intended for me."
Podolski also revealed something about an incoming signing. Arsenal were reported to have agreed a deal for talented 16-year-old Krystian Bielik of Legia Warsaw earlier this month. Podolski has now admitted that the talent has been training with the club:
"Yes, we have seen a pre-workout [with Bielik]. It would be fun if another Pole joined us.
"Everyone has to decide their own fate. Bielik has the best conditions in Poland so, if he stayed a little longer, it wouldn't be a bad thin but, when Arsenal approach you, it is difficult to refuse."
Bielik himself also spoke about the move yesterday. He told the Polish media:
"I confess that I'm a little bit afraid. Only a madman would have no concerns about it.
"However, you have to be confident, and I'm sure in myself and my abilities.
"I'm not saying that I expect to be in the Arsenal starting XI, but I would like to be an important and positive figure in the eyes of coach Wenger."
So it seems the £1.6 million move is indeed on.