Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Lukas Podolski had to join Galatasary to get games

The German joined the Turkish side this week and Wenger says it was because of his congested squad.

Arsene Wenger has revealed to Arsenal’s official website that he allowed Lukas Podolski to leave for Galatasaray because of the experienced forward's need for game time.

The German left the Emirates to join the Turkish side earlier this week having spent the second half of last season on loan with Serie A side Inter Milan.

He was deemed surplus to requirements by the Gunners, though, with them currently boasting a midfield full of talent likely to start ahead of him. It is that lack of guaranteed minutes that Wenger says is the reason he allowed the World Cup winner to leave.

“I felt that the opportunities for him to play with the stature a player has, he needed to go somewhere and play,” he told

“Lukas Podolski played in a position that is congested because we have so many wide players or players who can play wide. I believe it’s a good move for him because if Lukas has confidence and trust from the manager, he has the potential and the talent. I was not sure I could give that to him here.”

Poor form likely led to sale 

The move is one that suits both parties in truth, with Podolski guaranteed the game time he needs with the Turkish side while Arsenal get a fee for a player they have no need for.

The German was also hardly in fine form while out on loan last season, managing just one goal in 17 appearances during his spell in Italy.

In fact, it is likely that poor form that led to Wenger sanctioning the sale, with his spell for Roberto Mancini’s side more than disappointing. Some may question the move, however, feeling that he could have done a good job for a number of Premier League sides.

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