Lukas Podolski has said he hasn’t ruled out a return to Arsenal once his loan spell at Inter Milan comes to an end in the summer.
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The German World Cup winner also revealed that there is no clause in his loan agreement which would see the Serie A side purchase him at the end the season.
“I don’t regret joining Inter,” Podolski said told the Guardian. “I was the one who did not want a clause because now I can evaluate everything in the summer freely and make a decision [about my future] then.
“My chapter with Arsenal is not closed. I still have a year left on my contract [there] and always got on really well with the guys and the fans.”
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It was widely believed Podolski had left north London for good after he posted a heartfelt eulogy to the club on his Instagram page when he first moved to Italy.
But perhaps Inter are lucky they didn’t insert a compulsory purchase clause with the former FC Koln man yet to break his goalscoring duck with Roberto Mancini’s side.
Despite his insistence he does have a future left with Arsenal you’d have to suggest this is a more sentimental than practical view.
The simple fact is that this Arsenal team has moved on and is a now better outfit than when Podolski could sneak a game from the bench.
His lazy temperament and inability to track back or press with effect would simply not work in our hardworking and imposing forward line which was so beautifully on display at Old Trafford earlier this week.
You need simply look at our options on the forward line in; Alexis, Welbeck, Giroud, Walcott, Akpom and Gnabry, not to mention the potential return of a reinvigorated Yaya Sanogo from Crystal Palace, to see why he would struggle to get a game.
Hate to say it Lukas, and you might not know it yet, but unless you want to be the next Gunnersaurus, your Arsenal career is most likely over.