Podolski hints at Arsenal exit

The Germany international has played just 27 minutes of Premier League football this season and has suggested he could look to leave the club in the January transfer window
Lukas Podolski has hinted that he could leave Arsenal in search of regular first-team football.

The Germany international came close to a move away from the Emirates in the summer, with Wolfsburg and Juventus both having been keen to acquire his signature.

An injury suffered by Olivier Giroud eventually prompted Arsenal to rebuff offers for Podolski, though he has played just 27 minutes of Premier League football this season.

The versatile attacker has now suggested that he could look to leave north London in the upcoming transfer window, with Danny Welbeck the club’s current first-choice striker.

“I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition,” Podolski told RTL Television.

“If I don’t have that competition every weekend, then a change must occur.”

Podolski’s contract expires in 2016 but he has suggested that he may look to leave the club before his current deal has run its course.

“We will have to see,” he said when asked if he would see out his current deal. “It is certainly something one has to think about.”

Podolski has scored 28 goals for Arsenal since joining the club in 2012.