The Germany international has admitted that he wants to make the most of his remaining playing days.
The German attacker is currently on loan from the Gunners at Italian side Inter, with the chance of first-team football on offer after struggling for game time over the last six months in North London.
Podolski, now 29, admits that he is looking towards the end of his career and wants to make the most of the remaining days that he can play.
"What motivates me? The pleasure of being in contact with the football,” the former Bayern Munich forward told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“In two years it could all be over and I don’t want to waste a single day. I don’t do this for money.”
Podolski also discussed the differences in culture between his homeland Germany and his temporary home in Italy.
"Compared to us Germans you are more easy-going and relaxed,” he continued.
“I went into a restaurant at 7pm and it was empty. I left at 10pm and it was starting to fill up.”
Podolski has featured in six Serie A games since signing for Inter on loan in January, but is yet to register his first goal for his new employers.
He is line to face Cagliari on Monday night in the club’s next fixture.