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Despite his remarkable statistics, Lukas Podolski seems to have fallen slightly out of favour at Arsenal.
The warning signs were there earlier on in the season: even when he started, Podolski was constantly removed from the action around the 70th minute. Rumours circulated that he was carrying an injury problem, but the club have not been forthcoming on any health issue.
Since Christmas, the situation has worsened. As Arsene Wenger seeks to shore up a porous Arsenal defence, Podolski has been sacrificed to allow the manager to include an extra midfielder.
In Arsenal's last six games, Podolski has made just one start.
Perhaps the problem is that Arsene Wenger doesn't know what to do with him. When he signed Podolski, he talked about playing him through the middle, although that plan was abandoned after one ineffective performance on the opening day against Sunderland.
Now it seems Wenger considers Podolski too cavalier to occupy the left-flank.
Arsenal fans and Podolski alike will be wondering where the German goes from here. At a time when the Gunners need goals to drag them back into the top four, surely a recall is imminent?