Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has sent teammate Lukas Podolski a heartfelt farewell message on Facebook ahead of the striker’s impending move to Inter Milan.
The German international had been linked with a January move away from the Gunners for much of the season after failing to win a regular first-team spot.
Last season, his opportunities were reduced due to competition for places, and the summer arrivals of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez made life tougher for Podolski.
In spite of a solid goalscoring record, the former Bayern Munich ace was restricted to just seven substitute appearances in the Premier League and one start in the Champions League.
As a result, clubs across Europe had been monitoring his situation, and it didn’t take long for Serie A giants Inter to take advantage of the January transfer window by concluding a six-month loan deal.
Podolski, an extremely popular figure in North London, will be missed among his teammates, and his move has prompted goalkeeper Szczesny to send him a good luck message on Facebook.
“Good luck Poldi! Been a pleasure playing with you but I will not miss picking the ball out of the net from your shots,” he wrote.
Podolski made a total of 81 appearances in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side since joining in the summer of 2012, scoring 31 goals in the process.
At 29 years of age, he is arguably entering the twilight of his career, and a player of his ability shouldn’t entertain the idea of being anything less than a regular first-teamer.