Lukas Podolski appears to be growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of playing time and hinted he could call time on his Arsenal contract early if things don’t change.
The German international was repeatedly linked with a move away from the Emirates during the summer before a post-World Cup pep talk from Arsene Wenger persuaded him to ignore the advances of potential suitors.
Behind Olivier Giroud in the attacking pecking last season the 29-year-old appears further than ever from starting games regularly with the boss signing Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, playing up the potential of Yaya Sanogo and getting ready to welcome Theo Walcott back to the first team fold.
“I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition,” Podolski told RTL television yesterday. “If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur.”
“We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about,” he said when asked if he would see out his deal with the club.”
Podolski’s current contract runs until 2016 meaning Arsenal have three transfer windows to make some (if not all) their money back following his £10.5 million move from Cologne in 2011. He’s played 90 minutes just once this season – in the Capital One Cup – and featured a further three times off the bench.