Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is planning to return in the summer and resume his Gunners career following a loan spell at Inter Milan, according to Roberto Mancini, the Mirror reports.
After a period of deprived playing time, Arsene Wenger allowed Podolski to gain some minutes in Serie A but it hasn’t turned out how the former FC Koln man would’ve hoped.
Podolski is yet to score for Inter in 12 appearances, doing little to encourage Wenger that he’s ready to stake a claim in our first-team next season.
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Following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, Podolski has become surplus to requirements considering the options available to Wenger.
“The same is true for Podolski, who I think is a great player and wonderful professional but the situation with him is different,” Mancini was quoted as saying, having been asked about the future of the World Cup winner.
“He is on loan here and wants to return to Arsenal.”
Despite the power and accuracy of his left foot, it is difficult to see what Podolski offers to the side. Since he departed, Wenger has seen the team develop a wonderful winning mentality which has been built around hard work and defensive efficiency.
It’s therefore rather difficult to imagine Podolski adopting those qualities and adding anything to the team. With just a year left on his contract when he returns, finding a different challenge on a permanent basis could be best for the 29-year-old.