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Lukas Podolski: I am not happy at Arsenal

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Lukas Podolski accepts Arsenal must improve against the top three in the Barclays Premier League next season

Lukas Podolski accepts Arsenal must improve against the top three in the Barclays Premier League next season

Lukas Podolski accepts Arsenal must improve against the top three in the Barclays Premier League next season

Lukas Podolski has admitted that he will seek talks over his Arsenal future with manager Arsene Wenger after being so peripheral so far this season.

The 29-year-old had the best minutes to goal ratio of any Arsenal player last season but has started only the Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton in this campaign.

Wenger said that Podolski was firmly part of his plans after he scored in the 2-1 away win at Anderlecht earlier this season but he will surely have been unimpressed by the German’s defending when the Belgium team scored an equalising goal in the 3-3 draw at the Emirates.

Although Podolski is probably Arsenal’s best finisher, there are doubts both about his willingness to track back from his usual wide left position or to hold the ball up when he plays as a more central striker.

“I am not happy with the situation at the moment - It would be wrong to suggest that I am,” said Podolski.

“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. There were no offers [in the summer]. In football you can’t sadly just go looking for a club but have to see what comes.”

Podolski said he did not know why he was not playing more regularly but his opportunities are likely to be further reduced when Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud return from injury. “One has to ask the manager back in England,” he said.

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