Lukas Podolski considering Arsenal exit if current situation at Arsenal remain the same.
Amidst the speculations about his status in the Arsenal team this season, The World Cup winner has come out to say that he will consider his options if there is no change in the level of his involvement in the team over the coming months.
Lukas Podolski has made just a single start this season – a largely anonymous appearance in the League Cup defeat at home to Southampton, with 3 substitute appearances in the League (2) and Champions League (1). The World Cup winner with Germany, who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2012 has found it uneasy to be a regular in the team in recent months, especially since the arrival of Mesut Ozil which saw Santi Cazorla take his place in the left side of the attack, having initially made a great start to his Arsenal career scoring his first Arsenal League goal of the 2012/2013 season in a goal-assist performance at Anfield. He finished that season with 11 league goals in the League, with an impressive return of assists, making that his best yet. He has since gone down in the pecking order, neither fitting in as an out-and-out striker, nor deemed to be doing enough in the wide-left role.
As “a full blooded, street player”, Poldi feels he needs to play more regularly which may see him seek solutions elsewhere if the situation shows no signs of improvement at the Emirates. Rumours during the August window had linked Podolski with an exit from London, with the likes of Juventus being mentioned as a potential destination. Wenger was quick to dismiss such suggestions, especially in the wake of the demand for strikers in the team, stating that the German International was, in his consideration, one of the many strikers in his team, and was, hence, very much part of his plans. In all honesty, though, it does not appear that Podolski has enough to displace the likes of Alexis, Ozil and Chamberlain from the starting XI, with Cazorla even having to make do with a fish-out-of-water designation in a deeper midfield role, alongside the holding player. As much as many will be quick to allege his constant updates on the internet as the point where he must improve, it is more of a question of him not, perhaps, being as good as others in the team.
He must now decide if he would stick around the Emirates for his love for the club as a boisterous locker room character, or play out the remaining days of his impressive career in a far away land somewhere, perhaps back home in Germany. But he will surely still be of good value to the club, if Wenger figures it to be the case.
You can’t tweet your cake and have it.
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