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Podolski to seek showdown talks


PODOLSKI-ANDERLECHTBERLIN, November 11-Germany star Lukas Podolski will seek talks with Premier League side Arsenal about his future as Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger continues to leave him on the bench, he said Tuesday.

“I have to worry about what will happen in the winter and will look for talks with the club,” he said in a Berlin press conference ahead of Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday in Nuremberg.

“I’m not happy with my position at the moment and it would also be rubbish for that to continue.

“I am still having fun with football, but when you take away the competition (of regular matches) from me, which I find so awesome, then I am not happy.

“But if nothing happens in the winter, then I’ll stay. It’s not as though I am completely unsatisfied.”

Podolski was again left out of Arsenal’s side for the 2-1 league defeat at Swansea on Sunday and has been used just a handful of times off the bench by Wenger this season.

“I don’t know why, for that you’ll have to ask the coach in England,” said Podolski.

“You can’t even say I am in a crisis, because I don’t have the possibility to show what I can do.

“I always give everything in training, but when you only get eight to ten minutes in a game, it’s difficult. You’re only just warming up.”

Podolski said that despite reports of interest from Italy and Turkey, there were no firm offers for him to leave Arsenal before the start of the season.

“There were no concrete offers and you can’t choose in football which club or league to play in, you just have to see what comes,” he said.

Podolski is hoping to make his 121st international appearance against bottom side Gibraltar on Friday, with Germany third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group after last month’s shock 2-0 defeat to Poland and 1-1 draw with Ireland.