Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is a forgotten man at the North London club. The German who won the World Cup with the National team in the summer was expected to finally kick start his career with the Gunners this season. However, for Podolski it has been nothing short of a nightmare. The left footed 29 year old has just started one game this season for the Emirates outfit and by the looks of things his career is almost over at Arsenal. There were reports over the summer that Italian giants Napoli and reigning Serie A winners Juventus had expressed a desire to sign Podolski but such claims have been rejected by the player himself. The former Bayern Munich player said, “There were no offers. In football you can’t sadly just go looking for a club but have to see what comes.” Podolski though looks set to leave Arsenal in the upcoming January transfer window. In a recent report published by English Tabloid Guardian, it was clearly evident that the player has finally given vent to his frustrations over the lack of game time. He claimed, “I am not happy with the situation at the moment. It would be wrong to suggest that I am. I still have fun playing football but when the competitive element of it is taken away from me, the one I enjoy so much, then I am not happy. I have to think about will happen this winter and will look to hold talks with the club.” It’s true that Podolski is in search of a team which would give him regular time on the pitch but at this current point of time, it looks gloomy at Arsenal. Manager Arsene Wenger could have played him in an advanced role this season but it regular playing time on the pitch has been hard to come by for the German. With Theo Walcott now returning, Podolski would further fall down the pecking order in Wenger’s team sheet. Moreover, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil have also been employed on the wings, primarily the position Podolski thrives in, cutting in from the left. Up front too, Danny Welbeck’s arrival from Manchester United has seen the position occupied while Olivier Giroud is also expected to resume training after having suffered a nasty injury at Everton in the early days of the season. All in all it doesn’t look good for the German who will have to look elsewhere to get more playing time else run the risk to be left out of the national team as well.

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