Lukas Podolski has recently been tipped to return to the Emirates this summer (via Sky Sports), with Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini – where he is currently on loan – claiming the German forward is keen on heading back to North London.
His return is likely to be a temporary one however, as there doesn’t appear to be a place waiting for the World Cup winner. He certainly wouldn’t be in our starting XI, and would arguably struggle to make it onto the substitutes bench. It’s hard to see Podolski saving his career at Arsenal, and you would expect to see him back out the door if we can find a buyer.
That may be easier said than done however, as his options slowly seem to be drying up. Despite struggling at a number of top clubs, Podolski has always been adored by his old side FC Koln.
It was always thought that a return to the Bundesliga side would be on the cards as a last resort, but it seems that is no longer an option.
Koln vice-president Toni Schumacher has insisted that there is no chance of Podolski returning to the club, and claims that they don’t want to rely on individual superstars.
“I do not know [why fans dream of his return], but Lukas moves in very different spheres,” Schumacher told German publication Augsburger Allgemeine.
“Everyone at the club has a great respect for Lukas, but a return does not fit into the existing system.
“We do not have superstars. The team is the star. We do not want to, once again, impose responsibility on an individual for success.
“Most fans understand that.”
Podolski has struggled in Serie A, and only just got off the mark recently with his first goal for the club. It seems impossible to think that he could be with us for another season, but it’s hard to see where else he might end up at the moment.