Date :Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 | Time : 12:35 |ID: 17713 | Print news: Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski hints at leaving Emirates

SHAFAQNA – The German, who has been capped 118 times by his country, has had limited first-team action this season, playing only 128 minutes over four appearances. Podolski is under contract at Arsenal until 2016 but faces competition for a first-team place from Danny Welbeck and the recovering Olivier Giroud (fractured fibia) and Theo Walcott (knee).

The 29-year-old told German television station RTL: “I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition.

“If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur. We’ll have to see but I have to at least give it a thought.”

Italian sides Juventus and Napoli were reportedly interested in signing Podolski before the start of the season, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger opted to keep the forward, who can play wide or up front.

Podolski does not believe his lack of matches for Arsenal will hamper his chances of starting for Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has included Podolski in his squad for matches against Poland and Ireland.

“I’ve been involved in the Germany team for a long time and have already had phases when I haven’t played so much at other clubs and still been in the team, so it’s not a problem,” he added.

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