The striker has completed a full 90 minutes just twice this season and was withdrawn again on Saturday with the Gunners trailing Wigan even though young Yaya Sanogo stayed on
Lukas Podolski has admitted he is “not happy” with regularly being substituted when playing for Arsenal.
The striker has completed a full 90 minutes just twice this season and was withdrawn after 68 minutes of his side’s FA Cup win over Wigan, with the Gunners trailing 1-0 at the time and youngster Yaya Sanogo staying on.
Podolski has acknowledged that competition for places is always rife at big clubs such as Arsenal, but repeatedly underlined his unhappiness with his current role at the Emirates Stadium.
When asked if his withdrawals frustrate him, Podolski told reporters: “Of course. I play and, in the last games, I always come out and of course you cannot be happy when you always go out after 60, 70 minutes.
“Of course I am not happy always to be substituted.
“It’s the decision of the boss. It’s not always easy when you play for a big club but of course I am not happy to always come out and watch from outside. You cannot be happy with this situation.”
Podolski watched from the sidelines as Arsenal came from behind to beat Wigan on penalties and reach the FA Cup final, with attentions now focused on the fight for fourth spot with West Ham to come on Tuesday.