Arsene Wenger has always been well known for rotating players well as he never really had a squad with good depth, so players mostly get enough minutes the entire season. But it would be a little surprising to notice that Lukas Podolski has completed the 90 minutes only TWICE the entire 2013-2014 season.
The German international is been reported to feel frustrated and has hinted that he is not always happy to be substituted by the Arsenal manager.
He has also admitted that he is “not happy” with being used too sparingly by Arsène Wenger this season and has described the prospect of Arsenal failing to qualify for the Champions League as “a disaster”.
To think that a player who has earned 112 caps for Germany has only had 90 minutes on two occasions this entire season is indeed surprising and amid booing from the Arsenal fans, he was taken off after only 68 minutes of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic.
Asked if it was frustrating, Podolski said: “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.”