'Happy to be here' - Lukas Podolski speaks out on impending Inter Milan move

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski arrived Italy last night ahead of a loan move to Inter Milan.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has spoken of his delight at his imminent move to Inter Milan and has vowed to help the team qualify for the Champions League.

The German international found himself restricted to a number of substitute appearances with the Gunners this season due to increased competition.

His goalscoring record, however, is comparable with the best in North London therefore his eagerness to gain first-team football and presumed availability alerted a number of clubs across Europe.

Quick to acquire his services ahead of the competition, former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini – now head coach of Inter Milan – made the call and persuaded Wenger to part with his striker.

Podolski landed in Milan last night to complete a six-month loan deal and was warmly welcomed by a host of supporters awaiting his arrival.

"I spoke to Mancini, I believe he's a great coach. He wanted me, I'm happy to be here,” he told Sky Sports Italy on his arrival in Milan.

“I want to help the team make it to the Champions League. Message to the fans? I'm happy, forza Inter to the fans and let's hope to have a good season."

Podolski failed to find the net in seven Premier League substitute appearances this season, but he was more successful in the Champions League, scoring three goals in 129 minutes worth of action.

According to the reports, he will return to the North Londoners at the end of the season as his loan deal doesn’t include an option for a permanent deal.

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