German manager: Arsenal star Podolski needs our help, press dub him 'problem child'

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Jogi Low says Arsenal loanee Lukas Podolski needs the backing of his national team.

German international boss Jogi Low says Lukas Podolski needs the squad's support, and is refusing to drop him.

The Arsenal loanee is set to be a controversial inclusion in his latest Germany squad which he will announce on Friday, with the forward having a dire season so far.

He has been dubbed the 'problem child' of the German national team by national newspaper Spiegel, focusing on his unsuccessful spell at Inter Milan.

Low feels however that the 121-time capped attacker deserves a show of loyalty during a challenging period of his career.

He is quoted by Spiegel: "He still has our trust, and we hope we can give him impetus and strength. The national team has always been there for Lukas. I think at this time he needs our support, he has earned (it)."

Low met up with Podolski in Italy last week to check on him, and believes he can still be a valuable part of his squad. He added that the Arsenal owned star has never pulled out of an international as a fixture in the team for a decade, he should not ruthlessly be discarded.

The 29-year-old was out of favour at Arsenal earlier in the season, despite scoring three Champions League goals, the joint highest of any player in the team in the group stages.

He is yet to score in 10 matches at Inter since signing on loan, playing 90 minutes only three times. He was also omitted from their Europa League squad.

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