Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has hinted that he may need to move away from the Gunners to secure first team football.
The Germany international has been deployed in the left midfield role for the Gunners in the past but has not featured regularly this season and admitted he may seek a move away if he continues to be left on the bench.
The 29-year-old told RTL television:
“I am a full blooded player, a street player and I love competition.
“If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur.”
The former Bayern Munich striker was then asked if he would see out his current deal at Arsenal which expires in 2016, to which he replied:
“We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about.”
The 29-year-old has scored 28 goal in 73 appearances for the Gunners after moving to the Emirates in the summer of 2012 but with the recent arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck his chances are now set to be limited as he has failed to start a game for the Gunners this season featuring sporadically from the bench.
The 29-year-old is not concerned that the lack of first team football will hurt his selection chances for his national team.
“I have been with Germany a long time and have gone through phases where I did not play a lot at club level but was convincing with the national team. That is no problem”
Podolski has been capped a remarkable 118 times for Germany scoring an impressive 47 goals but only featured off the bench in two games when Germany went on to win this summer’s World Cup.
The German international has only played one full match this season, Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Southampton in the Capital One Cup, and the 29-year-old could now be looking for a move away in January.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
Featured Image By Ronnie Macdonald from Chelmsford, United Kingdom (Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback & Lukas Podolski) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons