Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has once again hinted at a January exit from the Emirates Stadium, expressing his growing frustration with the lack of opportunities under manager Arsene Wenger during the start of the campaign.
The Gunners signed Podoski in summer 2012 after paying £10.9m to German side Cologne to secure his services and was an important player for Wenger both as a starter and as a substitute during his first two seasons.
But the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have seen his playing time limited during the start of the current campaign.
Even though the Gunners have suffered a number of injuries up-front (Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott and now Mesut Ozil), Podolski has only made one full appearance this season in the Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton.
The German international recently suggested he was ready to request a transfer ahead of the January transfer window. While speaking to Die Welt, he said: "I can assess my situation and the situation at the club must change now.
"We'll see what happens now and see what happens in the winter. The fact that I'm not happy with it is clear"
Juventus are reportedly interesting in securing his services but Wenger recently suggested he will not let Podoslki to leave the Emirates Stadium in January.
"It is quite simple, there is no transfer market at the moment. When there is no transfer market, you are all on board – or not on board. It is like that," Wenger said.
"This is a job where you can only be successful if you're fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all. We are all on board to get results and Podolski will be part of that."
Meanwhile, German manager Joaquim Low has kept trust in the Arsenal star and on Tuesday 14 October handed him 45 minutes during the 1-1 draw in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland.