‘Frustrated’ Podolski Heading For Arsenal Exit?

By on April 13, 2013

Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, could Lukas Podolski be leaving Arsenal?

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is frustrated by his lack of playing time and is concerned boss Arsene Wenger may try and sell him this summer, according to the Sun.

The German international arrived at the Emirates last summer from Cologne and has settled into life in the Premier League well, scoring 13 times and providing 9 assists so far this season.

However, he’s recently seen himself frozen out of the first team and hasn’t started a game in over 2 months. An apparent ‘source’ has told the Sun newspaper that while the 27-year-old is happy at Arsenal and living in London, he’s becoming increasingly frustrated at his bit-part role at the club and fears the boss may have a problem with him that could lead to his exit.

“Lukas is very happy at Arsenal, he loves the fans and enjoys living in London but he is increasingly worried that Wenger may have a problem with him.

“He is frustrated at not playing for such a long time. He is an experienced player and he wants to play football.” A source is quoted as saying in the Sun

The newspaper also claims that Podolski is worried that Wenger may force him out the club this summer, with Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Anzhi Makhachkala and Galatasaray all understood to be interested.

I must admit Podolski’s lack of playing time in recent weeks has been a surprise and it seems Wenger isn’t convinced by him for some reason. The fact he was substituted in all of his first 16 games and didn’t complete a full 90 minutes until late November tells us something isn’t quite right.

Some fans have questioned his fitness and work rate and suggest he isn’t cut out for playing on the left wing, and I’d agree with that to a certain extent. I’d love to see him given more opportunity to play through the middle as he’s a lethal finisher, but it seems Arsene isn’t convinced he can play that role either.

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The main problem is that Arsenal are playing well and winning football matches lately, and the longer that continues the less chance there is that Wenger will change his starting eleven. The likes of Gervinho and Rosicky has fully warranted their places in the team lately, so it might just be a case of Lukas having to bide his time and wait for his chance, but I’d hate to see him leave after just one season and I personally think he’ll still be at the club next year.

What do you think of Podolski’s lack of playing time recently? Leave your opinions in the comments section below.

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4 Comments

  1. SOG

    April 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t sometimes like wenger decision in selection of players which usually cost us trophy. What is he doing on the bench for cry aloud

  2. Izuchukkwu Okosi

    April 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I think this Podolski thing should be played down before the parties involved start thinking twice. He is an important player for Arsenal and DOESN’T deserve being treated as sh*t. I thought we had a veritable source of goals especially through free kicks

  3. Izuchukwu Okosi

    April 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    The anticipated exits of Andriy Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djorou, Denilson, Maroune Chamakh, (sadly)Bacary Sagna, Mannone, Niklas Bendtner and Wellington plus the loan deals for some youngsters should occupy the media reports about Arsenal

  4. Izuchukkwu Okosi

    April 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    We should rather hope to see the deadwoods leave and some lads sent on loan not a man of Poldi’s experience leaving an average side like Arsenal bleeding for experience!

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