Gunners striker admits to carry an ankle knock.
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has admitted he has struggled with ankle problems this season but does not believe he will require surgery this summer.
The German has made 37 appearances in his debut season in north London but completed 90 minutes on just six occasions.
In the absence of Olivier Giroud, 27-year-old Podolski is again expected to lead the line in Arsenal’s crunch clash with relegation battlers Wigan this weekend but the German international has admitting carry a knock on his ankle.
“I have small problems with the ankle, but I do not think post-season surgery is necessary. After the season I’ll decide together with the doctors and physiotherapists, what’s best for my health,” Podolski told Sky Sports in Germany.
Podolski, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Cologne last summer, said he was content with his first season in the Premier League and hopeful that Arsenal would qualify for next season’s Champions League courtesy of a top four finish.
“I am happy in London. I think I played a good first season. Everything else, we’ll see. We still have two games if we win these, we are in the Champions League next year.”
Podolski has scored 13 times in 29 starts for Arsene Wenger’s side this term, and added a further ten assists.