Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski in Twitter dispute with Lothar Matthaus

Lukas Podolski Germany

The Inter Milan loanee has hit back at claims that he ‘tweets more than he plays’, signalling out Matthaus’ managerial record.

Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski has been embroiled in a war of words with Germany legend Lothar Matthaus following his loan move to Inter Milan.

The 1990 World Cup winner has told his compatriot to forget about social media and start to focus on playing more regularly.

"Lukas has his qualities; now he must prove them by bringing them back to the pitch," Matthaus said to Sky.

"In the past we heard how he tweets more than he plays. He needs to concentrate on football.”

Podolski, who is very active on Twitter, hit back at Matthaus by refuting his advice.

The 29-year-old went on to insinuate that he would not follow Matthaus’ guidance due to his questionable performance as a manager.

Podolski tweet

The tweet, in German, reads "I find it very amusing that Matthaus should give me precise tips on how to behave. #greatcoach #greenkeeper"

Matthaus had an illustrious playing career, winning 150 caps for Germany and stepping out for European giants Bayern Munich and Podolski’s new club Inter.

However, the 1991 Fifa World Player of the Year has struggled in management, having forgettable periods in charge of the Hungary and Bulgaria national sides, Partizan Belgrade and Red Bull Salzburg.

Podolski’s tweet also includes symbols of a bride and a love heart, a potential reference to the fact that Matthaus has been married five times.

The Inter man will surely look to increase his time on the pitch in Italy having not started a game for Arsenal in the Premier League this season.

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