Bench-warming at Arsenal irks Podolski
ARSENAL’S Germany forward Lukas Podolski has repeated his frustrations at being kept on the Gunners’ bench, heightening speculation he may leave in January’s transfer window. “I like London, I like the club, but I don’t like the situation,” he told German magazine Kicker having again sat on the bench for Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United. “I’m not some clown who can sit out his contract in the stands.” Podolski, who has an Arsenal contract until 2016, has said he will seek talks with coach Arsene Wenger before the January transfer window opens. The German has made just eight appearances for Arsenal this season, only one of which was over 90 minutes, but Wenger has said Podolski is not for sale. “The fun of the game is being taken out of me at Arsenal,” he said.