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Podolski happy at Arsenal despite being benched

There have been many rumours this morning saying that Lukas Podolski may be leaving Arsenal in the summer as he seems to be frozen out of the first team, despite scoring in his last appearance against Bayern Munich, but the German international has now spoken out to say he is happy to wait for Wenger to choose when to play him.

He said on Arsenal.com: “I did well earlier in the season, then had an injury which put me out for a few weeks, but now I’m back and hope to play a big part in the final run of matches. But it is the coach’s decision, of course.

Oxlade-Chamberlain prepared to wait for his chances at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger only used Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sparingly last season as he was obviously worried about causing the same burn-out that affected Jack Wilshere the year before, and it looks like Arsenal are still being cautious with The Ox this season as well and he has only started 15 games so far.

But Alex is more than happy to wait for his chances and hopes to grab them when he can. “I’m only 19 years of age and I’m at Arsenal Football Club,” he said. “I know I’ve got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times. Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I’ve got to make sure I try and take it.

Carlos Vela told he will only be a reserve at West Brom

The young Mexican striker Carlos Vela has spent the second half of the season out on loan at West Brom, and despite a few successes as an impact sub, he has only made three starts for the Baggies.

The West Brom first-team coach Michael Appleton said yesterday: “We don’t know what kind of transfer fee Arsenal may or may not put on Carlos’ head or whether the boy wants to come back to the football club,” .

“Maybe he’ll just want to go somewhere he knows he is going to play every week. I don’t think we are in a position where we can promise that.