Arsene Wenger has launched something of a broadside at Inter Milan over rumours that they’re set to sign Lukas Podolski on loan until the end of the season.
The German international has expressed his unhappiness at not playing, and said this week, “I am not 20 or 21 years old, I can not afford to wait for a chance. I’m 29, and I want to play.”
The former Cologne and Bayern Munich man has spent much of the season on the bench, and this week whispers emerged from Italy that the Nerazzurri had reached an agreement to take him until the end of the season.
Speaking today, however, the Arsenal manager slammed the club as ‘not serious’ and said he wanted Podolski to stay.
“Inter? That is a joke,” he said. “Inter is not serious, they talk. There is only talks. Podolski is a player of Arsenal football club and I want him to stay.
“Apart from that, what it is to be professional is that as long as you are somewhere, you give your best to justify your wages and your love for the club.
“I hope that he will still be an Arsenal player at the end of January.”
Despite his slamming of the Italians, Wenger’s final statement doesn’t exactly close the door on a move away for the disgruntled Hashtag King, but with plenty of games to play, and an injury to Danny Welbeck to add to Olivier Giroud’s current ban, he may get some time on the pitch.