With Arsenal confirming that Lukas Podolski has completed a loan move to Inter Milan for the remainder of the season on Monday afternoon, the German striker has already started training with his new club.
Podolski, 29, joined Arsenal from hometown club FC Cologne in the summer of 2012, but had become a peripheral figure at the Emirates Stadium this season, making just two starts in 11 total appearances.
The World Cup-winner had been vocal about his desire to leave the Gunners in recent months, despite manager Arsene Wenger’s insistence that he had a future in North London, and will now get the chance to prove his worth in Serie A under Roberto Mancini.
“He is experienced and has a wonderful career behind him,” the former Manchester City boss said at a press conference.
“He will help us and is not at the end of his career.”
His Arsenal contract not set to expire until the summer of 2016, Podolski could still have a future with the Premier League side but, at this stage, such a development appears doubtful.