Podolski doesn't play for Arsenal enough, says Low

The 29–year-old has been a bit-part player for Arsene Wenger’s side this year and his international coach says he is far from assured a spot in his team

Germany boss Joachim Low has told Lukas Podolski that he needs to play a bigger role for Arsenal if he expects to start games for his country.

The 29-year-old has been named just once in the first XI by Arsene Wenger this year, with all of his other appearances coming in brief cameos off the bench.

He remains a regular member of the national team’s squad, though, but Low has told the 118-cap international that he cannot expect to be a key player.

“He has played very few games for Arsenal,” he told reporters.

“That he takes part in press conferences doesn’t mean that he will start for us. Lukas has shown time and time again that he can bring a lot of momentum into the game quickly.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named captain of the team after Philipp Lahm’s retirement despite not featuring since the World Cup final, but Low is confident that his side have plenty of leaders.

“Despite the injury problems, we have a good axis. Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are World Cup winners. Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze also belong to this group.”

Mesut Ozil was ruled out for three months this week with a knee injury sustained at Arsenal and Low has admitted that the blow has forced him to change his plans.

“My plans have been thrown somewhat by the injury situation. I had expected Ozil to be here. I think we can put together a good team nonetheless. In the past, we’ve been better in October than in September.”

Germany face Poland on Saturday before hosting Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

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