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Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Would Be Wise to Sell off Lukas Podolski

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2014

Lukas Podolski may not be plying his trade at the Emirates for much longer, with Inter Milan supposedly keen on snapping up the German international this summer.

As reported by Charles Perrin of the Express, the Italian giants have supposedly made a tentative inquiry concerning the signing of Podolski, with Arsenal reportedly wanting £11 million for the striker.

And Podolski's agent, Nassim Touihri, has furthered speculation by not ruling out a possible move. As reported in the MetroTouihri said:

At the moment we do not know what will happen in the future.

Inter an interesting club that wants to invest as it has recently also signed [Nemanja] Vidic.

Cologne is his heart and his passion. But at the moment it is too early to say where Podolski end of play.

Podolski arrived at Arsenal from FC Koln in 2012 and scored 16 goals in his first season in London. 

However, injury problems and dips in form have seen Podolski fall out of favour with Arsene Wenger, and it may well be a good time for Arsenal to let him go.

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The 28-year-old does not seem to be part of Wenger's plans, as displayed by his team selection for the first leg of Arsenal's recent tie against Bayern Munich in the last 16.

Despite the absence of Olivier Giroud, the Frenchman opted to play the vastly inexperienced Yaya Sanogo rather than Podolski.

Furthermore, he has failed to nail down a first-team spot in the league, having made only five Premier League starts this season. If Wenger has no faith in him, he should be moved on.

It also seems that Arsenal can be a very effective team without him. Their fantastic start to this league season was achieved with Podolski on the sidelines with an injury, and he has struggled to fit back in since his return.

If Arsenal can recoup the money they paid for him, they could then put that money toward signing a striker who slots into their setup.

It seems odd to suggest that Arsenal should be letting a striker go when they are so short of real quality up front, but the Gunners may need to sacrifice bit-part players in order to bring in a world-class forward. 

Arsenal should aim to bring in the likes of Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic or Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa over the summer.

As it is likely that Arsenal will look to bring in a new striker, it makes even more sense to move Podolski on. Wenger does not want to have an unsatisfied player in his squad. 

If Inter are prepared to offer Podolski a new opportunity and will meet Arsenal's asking price, then the north London side would do well to sell.

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The former Bayern Munich player's goal return is still healthy. He has scored six times in 14 appearances in all competitions this season.

But without regular first-team play, it is unlikely that Podolski can contribute significantly to Arsenal in the long term. 

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