Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has openly expressed his disappointment at Wenger for substituting him in each and every game.
Astonishingly, Podolski, has played full 90 mins in only two games this season. Even in FA cup semi final win over Wigan, he was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 68th minute.
The German international said,
“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,” Podolski told the Daily Mirror.
“When you go out and you are happy, you are not a footballer, so of course I am not happy always to be substituted.
“It’s the decision of the boss, he is the manager. He decides who comes in, who comes out, who are the first XI. 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.”
He also spoke about champions league qualification and FA Cup,
“Every season is a pressure when you don’t win anything and the newspapers speak about it, the fans gets nervous, but we have the chance this year to win the FA Cup so maybe it helps the club, us and the boss,” he added.
“But the other important thing is to get fourth place back because, when you don’t play in the Champions League, it’s a disaster.
“Last season was the same. People and the newspapers speak about the last trophy being 2005 so, of course, the pressure is there because we were in the semifinal and we have this chance to win the cup.
“We are now in the final and of course we want the cup, but the other important thing is the league. We don’t forget that because we are fifth now, so it’s important to get fourth place back.
“But as I say, the important thing is the league as well. We don’t forget the league because we are fifth now, we are not qualified for the Champions League, so we must do our work on the pitch – starting on Tuesday – and this is an important thing.”