On loan at Inter for the remainder of the season, Lukas Podolski has made clear his dissatisfaction with his situation at Arsenal in an interview with La Stampa.
The Germany international returned from a victorious World Cup campaign to find himself on the outside looking in under Arsene Wenger back at the Emirates.
Podolski wasn’t given a single Premier League start by the Frenchman and only once featured from the off in the Champions League, scoring a brace against Galatasaray.
The arrivals of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez played a key role in keeping the 29-year-old mired on the bench, with Inter jumping at the chance to offer an opportunity.
Under Walter Mazzarri the Nerazzurri limped through the opening stage of the campaign without much continuity, the Italian replaced in November by a familiar face in Roberto Mancini.
Podolski has featured more in his first few weeks at San Siro than he did from August to December at Arsenal, already notching up 290 minutes of football under Mancini.
And after claiming his first assist in an Inter shirt in a 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria on Wednesday, the German has spoken of his unhappiness being left out in north London.
He told La Stampa: “It’s not a problem for me, being on the bench, but at Arsenal it happened too often. I scored two goals in the Champions League, then I was left out.
“Fortunately the call came from Mancini. Will I stay beyond my loan? It’s not something that concerns me; I just want to play. I don’t like making proclamations, for now I’m very happy.”
The World Cup winner joined Mancini in Milan early this month to get his career back on track, but almost immediately found himself in hot water with some Inter supporters.
Comments the forward made in 2007 about his ‘love’ for Juventus – chastising Inter for their success only once the Bianconeri were relegated due to Calciopoli – were dug up.
Only a few days later Podolski made his Inter debut in a 1-1 draw against Juventus, completing a rather awkward series of events.
The Arsenal loanee has now downplayed his words from seven years ago, however, citing Cologne and Barcelona as his allegiances as a fan.
“I always admired [former Juventus players] Davids, Zidane and Del Piero. But I always supported Cologne first and foremost, and then Barcelona.”