There has been a lot of speculation over Lukas Podolski’s future at the club as of late.
The German forward has struggled to cement a regular role in Arsene Wenger’s side since joining the Gunners from FC Koln two-and-a-half years ago, and this season has only managed to play 151 minutes of football to date (90 of those coming in the Capital One Cup loss to Southampton).
However, the German international is now considering his future at the Emirates and admitted that he is finding it hard to come to terms with the lack of game time he is receiving and could leave the club when the winter transfer window opens:
‘Of course I am not happy with my situation right now.
‘I can’t be satisfied with that. We’ll see what happens in January.
‘It is hard when you can’t do what you love. I don’t know why that is, you’d have to ask my coach (Arsene Wenger) in England.
‘If you can’t play then you can’t say he’s not playing well or he has a crisis if you’re not given the chance.
‘If you only come in for 8 or 10 minutes it is hard to get into the game.’
To be fair, Podolski has a point – you can’t say he is rubbish or poor when he doesn’t get the chance to show what he is truly capable of.
But why has Podolski struggled to become a regular at Arsenal since his arrival?
He arrived with so much promise and fans were excited to see him at the club, but I just think Wenger ruined him by playing him out of position, as he has done in the past with the likes of Andrey Arshavin and doing so with Mesut Ozil.
Podolski is a centre-forward by trade and will obviously play where the manager tells him to, but deep down he won’t be happy about it, nor will we see, as fans, the best from him playing in a position he isn’t naturally accomplished in.
I believe he could have been a big hit on the field as he currently is off it but Wenger has not used him in the right way since he joined the club, and it’s a real shame because I think he is a top player when he’s on it.
It will be a shame to see him leave if he decides to do so in January, but no one should begrudge him should he do so – unless of course he signs for a rival!
Why hasn’t it worked for Podolski at Arsenal?
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