World Cup winner Lukas Podolski has hit out at Arsene Wenger, saying that he is perfect for Arsenal but that he remains unsure if the manager has any trust in him as a player, as reported by the Daily Star.
The German striker sees himself as a perfect fit for the style of play that the north London club play, but feels he is being shifted even further down the pecking order after a summer of big money transfers at the club.
The deadline day arrival of Danny Welbeck for £16 million threatens to displace him even further in his two positions, up front or out-wide on the left.
Podolski does insist, however, that he won’t stop working hard in order to break back into the first team and impose himself on the starting line up.
He said: “Initially, it’s a difficult situation for me. When you buy new players for a lot of money they have an advantage because they will play.
“But we’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we’ll see what happens.
“When I am in top shape, I am a perfect fit for the Arsenal team. And I see myself in the first XI then, that’s what I work towards.”
Regarding whether he still possessed the manager’s trust, Podolski said: “I am not sure, I hope that that’s the case.”
However, Podolski has revealed that he and the rest of the squad are very much targeting the title in the coming season.
Podolski added: “The title is not a dream, it’s possible. But there are five or six other teams with similar thoughts. It will be down to the details in the end.
“We only won six points in the matches against the other top five clubs.
“Those were the points that cost us the title. We were in front for half a year, but dropped decisive points against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool towards the end. We need to change that this year.”