Lukas Podolski says he’s eager to play again for Arsenal despite reports in Turkey claiming the Germany international has agreed to move to Galatasaray.
Yesterday Turkish publication Cumhuriyet carried spurious quotes from Podolski where he appears to confirm a move to the Turkish capital.
“I have agreed with Galatasaray,” he’s reported to have said. “I want to leave [Arsenal].”
However, Bild have today published an interview with the striker where he laments his failed loan spell at Inter Milan and underlines his determination to reintegrate at the Emirates.
“I’ve always felt comfortable there [at Arsenal],” Podolski explained [quotes translated by Football Italia].
“With the fans, with the team and also with the manager [Arsene Wenger]. I’m going back to play, I have to say my qualities suit Arsenal.
“Inter? Last season went how it went. English football is the one which best suits my style, but I know how suddenly everything can change.
“I have characteristics to help different teams, but it was a mistake to go to Inter with no redemption clauses.
“In football there are times when everything doesn’t work out for the best. You’re not always playing as a starter, and you just have to accept the decisions and work on your own game.
“That’s what I did, but now I’m looking forward.”
The World Cup winner is widely thought to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates as he enters the final year of his contract.
The 30-year-old attacker has scored 31 goals in 82 appearances since moving from Cologne three years ago, but started only two games last campaign as he fell down the pecking order behind new arrivals Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
Arseblog News certainly is far from convinced of the veracity of the quotes from Turkey, but at the same time we’d be surprised if Poldi is part of Arsene Wenger’s first team plans for next season…even if he really wants to see out his contract.