Arsenal transfers: Lukas Podolski wants showdown talks

Lukas Podolski says he wants showdown talks with Arsene Wenger about his Arsenal future

Lukas Podolski is seeking showdown talks with Arsene Wenger amid the speculation about his Arsenal future.

The Germany international’s situation at the north London club has been a source of uncertainty in recent weeks due to his lack of playing time at Emirates Stadium.

The 29-year-old has only started one game so far this season in the League Cup, prompting speculation linking him with a transfer away from the north London club.

And the World Cup winner says that he now wants to discuss his situation with the Gunners boss ahead of the January transfer window.

“I have to speak to Wenger because the situation at the moment is not good for me,” Podolski told The Express.

“I have to play. I am happy at Arsenal and happy in London but I don’t have the chance to play.

“I know that only 11 can play but when you come on for just 10 or 15 minutes and it happens every week then you cannot be happy. I am happy with the team, the coach and the club, but I am not playing.

“When I am ready and 100 per cent I could play in the first XI. It is the coach’s decision, not my decision. Every player wants to play, every player wants to play in the middle, every player wants to score goals. But it is Arsene Wenger’s decision.

“He picks the first XI and he picks the tactics. I cannot change the style or tactics of the team.”

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