Monday, 14 April 2014

Podolski hits out at Wenger: I'm not happy always being substituted

Lukas Podolski has admitted: Of course I am not happy always to be substituted.

The 28-year-old was taken off in the 68th minute of Arsenal's penalty shoot out win over Wigan in the FA Cup semi final on Saturday.

The German has only played to conclusion of two of the 14 matches he's started this season: the 4-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League and the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

And the Gunners £10.9million signing from Cologne has finally spoken out at Arsene Wenger's decision to take him off in eight out of nine of the Premier League games he's started this season, all of his three starts in the FA Cup and in one of the two starts he made in the Champions League.

He told the Daily Telegraph:
"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."
There were boos inside Wembley when Podolski was substituted in Saturday's game, but its fair to say his performance on the day was average at best.

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