It is a good job that the Arsenal and Germany international striker Lukas Podolski has pretty happy and eay going temperament, because otherwise his frustration at his lack of playing time since joining the Gunners over two years ago would surely have boiled over at some point.
For a striker that has over 100 caps and nearly 50 goals for one of the best international sides in the world, and a very good strike rate for Arsenal when he does get on the pitch, it must be hard to understand why Arsene Wenger so rarely calls upon his talents in front of goal, or brings him with no time to influence a game.
So I think the next three months will make or break his Arsenal career. The 29-year old has admitted in a Sky Sports report that he will have to consider his options if things don’t change. And between now and January, with Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil injured, is the ideal time for him to get the playing time he craves.
Lukas said, “Definitely, I cannot be satisfied with the situation I am in at Arsenal.
“I have not been in negotiations with other clubs, nor have I told Arsenal that I am looking to leave.
“I have just said how the situation is for me. I am under contract at Arsenal and I am unable to say, ‘I am off’.
“I am going to think things over soon as it’s going to be winter time.”
Figures in the Germany national set up have also advised him that he needs to resolve his lack of club action somehow. Then there are the Arsenal transfer rumours reported in The Daily Express suggesting that Julian Draxler from Schalke could be a January target for us and the 20-year old often plays in that same left forward role as Podolski. Draxler also needs to prove his form and fitness in the next few months, so it could be a straight race between the two German forwards. But which will win?