The German international hasn’t featured regularly for Arsenal this season, scoring three goals in 13 total appearances but making just two starts across all competitions. He grew increasingly frustrated at his limited role within the club and is set to join the Serie A outfit on loan until the end of the season.
The 29 year old international posted a heartfelt message, that he will always have fond memories of the North London club:
I can’t express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me in my years in London!
Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I’ve loved every minute playing for Arsenal & I hope I have left my mark on the club & fans alike. Hopefully we shall meet again!
I can't express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me in my years in London! Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I've loved every minute playing for Arsenal & I hope I have left my mark on the club & fans alike. Hopefully we shall meet again! COYG #AFC #RedArmy #Fans #Poldi #Gunner #Thanks
It is only a loan deal, but Inter reportedly have the option to make the deal permanent for just under £5 million at the end of the season.
Podolski’s situation has been a tough one to come to terms for me because he still has plenty to offer to the Gunners, but he’s not been given the chance to play. He wasn’t perfect and some times struggled through games, but when ever he does play he contributes.
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In all likelihood he won’t be putting on the Arsenal jersey again. He will get plenty of time to prove himself at Inter which he wasn’t afforded at the Emirates. His departure will leave us with limited depth in the attacking department and it remains to be seen whether Wenger will sign someone else or use Campbell with Sanogo likely to depart too.
All the Best Lukas!