The pair were named as Serie A’s two worst January transfer window additions in a poll by Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, despite the German attacker’s time on the pitch increasing, the player has coming in for criticism in the Italian press for underwhelming performances.
The 29-year-old has started seven Serie A games this term but is yet to hit the back of the net for Roberto Mancini’s men and has played a minimal role in the side’s efforts of late.
In a poll by the Italian newspaper, 36 per cent of readers voted Podolski as the worst addition by a Serie A side in the mid-season window.
Only AC Milan attacker Alessio Cerci, who was linked with the Gunners in his Torino days, was viewed as a worse acquisition, polling 46 per cent.
Podolski’s future looks unclear but out of form and clearly down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, the Germany international’s chances of featuring for the North London side next season look slim.