Lukas Podolski says he’s going to have to talk to Arsene Wenger about his Arsenal future and the current situation he finds himself in at the club.
The German international has been vocal a number of times this season about his unhappiness, and while he says he’s happy at Arsenal and in London, the fact he’s not playing is vexing him to the max.
Speaking after Germany’s 1-0 win over Spain last night, he said, “I have to speak to Wenger because the situation at the moment is not good for me because I have to play, so we will see what happens.
“I am happy at Arsenal and happy in London but the only thing is I don’t play. I don’t get the chance to play. I play always ten to 15 minutes. I cannot be happy with this.
“I don’t say that I want to leave or that I leave in winter. I just think about my situation and my situation is unhappy. It is like anyone who is not getting a chance at doing their job.
“I know that only eleven can play but when you always play 10 or 15 minutes and it happens every week then you cannot be happy. I am happy with the team and the coach and the club but I don’t play. That is the only thing.”
Pretty reasonable stuff all round, especially as some other players would surely have thrown their toys out of the pram in a much more confrontational way.
Podolski also touched on the team’s current form and said the competitive nature of the Premier League gives them some hope that it’s not all dead and buried yet, but he knows results have to improve.
“You can always speak about problems but the season is not finished. The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is not like in Spain where you have two teams or in Germany where you have only Bayern Munich. You see it every week, that every game is tough. Home and away every team is hard to play. You can never say that the three points are easy to get.
“There is always pressure when you are at a big club and you are not in the top four. So we have to start winning games and start picking up points.”
What odds Poldi with the winner on Saturday? We’re thinking 18-1.