Lukas Podolski has accused Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger of not respecting him.
Germany international forward Podolski left the Gunners for Italian giants Inter Milan earlier this month on loan for the rest of the season.
It looks very likely that the 29-year-old will not return to the Emirates Stadium, having joined the Premier League outfit from Koln in the summer of 2012.
Podolski has now revealed that Wenger was cold to him when he decided to leave Arsenal for Inter.
“He (Wenger) said nothing to me,” the 2014 World Cup winner told The Sun. “He did not call me or say goodbye.
“I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him. But it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important. I did everything for the club I possibly could have.
“I don’t believe I did anything wrong. I did not get drunk in a club. I wish all of Arsenal and their amazing fans the very best for this season and I see myself as a Gunner. Nothing from him to me, though, but that is his way.”
It seems that Podolski still holds Arsenal dearly, but his relationship with Wenger is damaged.
One can understand the former Bayern Munich star’s frustrations at sitting on the substitutes’ bench more often than not, and from his comments, it appears that Wenger was not too bothered with him.
It’s as if Wenger knew that once Podolski has left Arsenal, he will never have to deal with him again.