Goal-starved Arsenal loanee brushes off criticism - but is playing for his future

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With concrete contributions yet to arrive for Lukas Podolski at Inter, the Arsenal loanee has come under fire from some sections of the press.

Lukas Podolski has told Sport1 via Football Italia that he believes his time at Inter has been positive, even if detractors have pointed to a lack of potency in his play.

The German World Cup-winner is still yet to get on the scoresheet for the Nerazzurri, despite having played 644 minutes of football for the Serie A giants.

A fixture in Roberto Mancini’s starting line-up since arriving from Arsenal on loan in January, patience has been wearing thin for some due to his lack of clinical edge.

The likes of Rodrigo Palacio and Xherdan Shaqiri have at times found themselves consigned to the bench to accommodate the 29-year-old, even when boasting better form.

But Podolski insists that he’s not bothered by disapproval of his performances, arguing that he is putting in the maximum to get on target for Inter.

He told Sport1: “I have no problems when the media and other people criticisce me. I know how it works. What’s important is knowing where you need to improve.

“The first part of the season [with Arsenal] was very difficult, I couldn’t find any rhythm. My performances so far [in Italy] have been positive. All that’s missing is a goal, and I hope that will come soon.

“It’s not something you can do by just flicking a switch. In every game I play I want to contribute a good performance and a goal, but that hasn’t happened yet.”

Podolski has played a full 90 minutes only three times for Inter – twice in Serie A and once in the Coppa Italia – lacking full match fitness due to his inactivity at Arsenal.

Mancini, however, seems to be keen to bring the German up to full speed, showing faith by only leaving him as an unused substitute on two occasions.

And his lack of goals hasn’t been for a dearth of effort. The German has averaged 1.5 shots per game at Inter, second among Nerazzurri forwards only to top scorer Mauro Icardi.

The coach has previously stated that he sympathises with Podolski in his current dry spell, tipping him to break through with an important goal in speaking with Sky Sport Italia.

Podolski is in some ways playing for his future in the next few months at Inter, with an extended stay uncertain and seemingly no place for him back at Arsenal.

Returning to form will be crucial as the German hopes to establish a suitor base heading into the summer, after struggling to make his mark since returning from Brazil a world champion last July.

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