It’s fair to say that Lukas Podolski has had a tough time in Serie A since moving to Inter Milan. The World Cup winner, who arrived at the San Siro to a hero’s welcome in January, has started only eight games for Roberto Mancini’s Nerazzurri and is still to find the back of the net.
Unsurprisingly, the fickle Italian press have been quick to turn on the German. Indeed, last month the pages of La Gazetta dello Sport lamented: “Turnovers and zero shots: With him [Podolski], Inter are playing with ten men.”
Last night though, Poldi finally delivered the goods. Albeit off the bench…and not a goal. But some goods all the same.
Coming on with four minutes remaining against Roma, the German picked up the ball on the right wing, drove inside and sliced open his opponents with an eye-of-the-needle pass that teammate Mauro Icardi despatched to seal a 2-1 win. The 88th minute winner keeps Inter’s vague hopes of European qualification alive, but it doesn’t look like our madcap German is intending on prolonging his stay in Italy.
Speaking after the game, manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that Podolski is angling for one last shot at Arsenal with a final year left of his career.
“In Italy, we have a habit of not being able to wait,” said the ex-City manager in reference to both the German and fellow January signing Xherdan Shaqiri.
“Not everything can be done quickly, especially when moving from one country to another, from one club to another.
“The same applies to Podolski who I consider a great player and a great professional.
“That situation is a little different though, because he is on loan and wants to return to Arsenal.”
Last week the Daily Mail ran quotes from Podolski where he outlined why he moved and why he’s also keen to return to the Emirates.
“When I go back (to Arsenal) I think I have the chance to play there. I have one year left so well will see what happens. I feel very well at the club and with my teammates as well. I had a great two and a half years; I scored a lot of goals there and had a lot of assists.
“The first six months of the season were not easy, that’s why I changed clubs. But now I’m ready.”
Arseblog News suspects that Arsene will be looking to cash in on Lukas this summer with the German a long way down the attacking pecking order at the Emirates.