Rudi Voller has warned critics not to “write off” Lukas Podolski yet both at the national and club level as they have not seen the last of him.

Podolski, 29, was a World Cup winner in the summer with Germany but has struggled to get a game at Arsenal, and Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted the situation is jeopardising his place in the national team after he claimed the former Cologne and Bayern Munich forward had lost “rhythm”.

But former Germany manager Voller thinks otherwise and believes Podolski still has a lot to offer Germany and his club Arsenal.

“You must not write Poldi off,” Voller told Bild. He’s not very old yet, at 29.

“Lukas is a very good player who always faces up to the challenge. Competition has got fiercer, but it says a lot that he is still always involved (for Germany).

“Of course it’s an advantage for a player’s self-confidence when he is playing regularly, though.

Podolski has been reported to be heading for Arsenal exit this summer but he has shrugged off such rumours as he is set to thrash out his future with Arsene Wenger’s side this winter.

Arsenal face Manchester United at the Emirates in a Barclays Premier League clash on November 22.


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