Lukas Podolski has said he’s open to staying at Arsenal next season and completing what would be the final year of his contract in North London.
After a fairly unsuccessful loan spell in Serie A, with just one goal for Inter Milan, speculation has mounted over his future with links to clubs in Turkey and a return to the Bundesliga.
However, the former Cologne and Bayern Munich man says he feels he still has something to offer the Gunners and would be happy to see out his deal in the 2015/16 season.
“They are a great club and I think I can help them,” he told BILD.
“Things can always change, but if needs be I will remain at Arsenal next season. There is no interest in Werder Bremen.”
He also touched on what was a disappointing campaign for him, with fewer appearances than he’d have liked at Arsenal and the lack of goals in Italy.
“You can take experience from everywhere you play abroad, even if it was not my best year from a sporting perspective,” he said.
“But I still have many years ahead of me and a burning desire to play football.”
The German remains a popular character, but the suggestion that Arsenal would miss him after he went away on loan proved not to be the case as the team went on an excellent run of form.
If there’s a clamour for upgrades on what we’ve got this summer, then it seems likely the club will cash in on him to help finance those.