Lukas Podolski has endured a tough season with both us and on loan at Inter Milan, but nevertheless, the German has revealed he is expecting to become a prominent member of our squad upon his return to the Emirates in the summer.
The 29-year-old made only seven substitute appearances in the Premier League at Arsenal this season, failing to score in any – though he did manage three UEFA Champions League goals for us before he left for the Serie A side. However, a change of scene failed to inspire the form which has made him one of the most lethal international strikers in recent history, as he has struggled during his time working under Roberto Mancini. Milan are only just in the league’s top half, and the forward is yet to open his account for the club.
Podolski has one year left on his current deal, and according to the Daily Express, he is confident that he can make it a successful one, provided that he is given the opportunity.
“I think I’ll have the opportunity of playing as a starter when I go back to Arsenal.
“I still have one year in my contract, so we’ll see what happens. At Arsenal I lived two beautiful seasons, scoring many goals and producing many assists,” he said.
Despite what he says, based on his current record for the club, Arsene Wenger may face a lot of questions should he decide to bow to Podolski’s demands, and hand him a start. Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form for much of the season, and there doesn’t even appear to be a place in midfield for the German.
Everyone loves Podolski’s personality, and there are few better sights in football than a scorcher from his left foot practically bursting through the net.
Still, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the team has performed exceptionally well in his absence, and it may be best for both parties if he moved on.