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The Germany international forward is adamant that he is not "a buffoon who sits out his contract in the stands" as he continues to protest against his bit-part role

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has delivered the latest in a series of protestations against his bit-part role at the club, insisting that he will not be taken for "a buffoon who sits out his contract in the stands".

The Germany international has yet to start a Premier League or Champions League game for Arsene Wenger's side this season.

He has already indicated that he will seek a decision on his future in north London in January, though he would be keen to stay at the Emirates Stadium if given more game time.

"I love London, I love the club but I don't like the situation," Podolski told Kicker.

"I'm not a buffoon who sits out his contract in the stands.

"I have to try to talk to Arsene Wenger. I want a fair chance."

Germany coach Joachim Low has previously suggested that the forward should "think about his situation", though both Koln and Schalke have ruled out bids to sign him this winter while Wenger says that he is not for sale.

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