One of the main reasons for Lukas Podolski being so frustrated with his lack of game time under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this season is that, unlike his club team mate Per Mertesacker, the 29-year old striker has no intention of calling time on his international career just yet.
Podolski seems all set to carry on with Germany and is hoping to add the 2016 European championship ti his World Cup winner’s medal from Brazil this summer. But he knows and has been reminded by his national team manager this week, that his place in the Germany starting XI is at risk if he does not play on a regular basis for his club.
But as a former Germany star Rudi Voller has explained, in an interview reported by the Evening Standard, there is still a place for Podolski and he is still highly valued by the Germany coaching staff.
Voller said, “You must not write Poldi off. He’s not very old yet, at 29.
“Lukas is a very good player who always faces up to the challenge. Competition has got fiercer, but it says a lot that he is still always involved (for Germany).
“Of course it’s an advantage for a player’s self-confidence when he is playing regularly, though.”
So imagine you are Podolski, with the Germany national team willing to keep playing you as long as you are not just warming the bench for your club. But Arsene Wenger seems reluctant to give you any more than a few minutes at the end of some matches. What would you do?