Lukas Podolski has accused Arsene Wenger of a lack of respect, claiming the Frenchman did not bother to wish him farewell as he left Arsenal for a six-month loan with Inter Milan.
The German international, who scored 19 goals in 60 league appearances since signing from Cologne in 2012, agreed a moved to the Serie A giants last week after growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of game time at the Emirates.
In a parting shot, that appears to sever any chance of the 29-year-old seeing out the final year of his Gunners’, Podolski told The Sun [paywalled]:
“He said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye. I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him but it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important.
“I did everything for the club I possibly could have. I don’t believe I did anything wrong. I did not get drunk in a club. I had a great time at Arsenal, I want to thank the fans and the club.
“If I had been given a run of five or 10 games and played really shit, then I could say: ‘Fair enough, I am not good enough.’
“I didn’t play much and Inter gave me the chance. I had a good chat with [Roberto] Mancini and he made it easy to come. I’m at my best when I play in the middle as a No 10 or a striker but we will see what the manager wants. He is a great coach, he has great experience from Manchester City and is a great name in Europe and the world.”
If Arsene Wenger responds in this morning’s press conference, we’ll be sure to update this article. Don’t hold your breath…