Arsene Wenger has revealed he was happy to sanction the sale of Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray because he couldn’t guarantee the German regular game time.
Podolski put pen-to-paper on a three year deal with the Turkish giants five days ago after Arsenal accepted an offer in the region of €4 million. The deal draws a line under a three-year spell at the Emirates that started promisingly, tailed off rapidly and eventually resulted in a loan move to Inter Milan.
Pointing to his squad’s strength in depth in the wide attacking positions, Wenger told Arsenal Player:
“Lukas Podolski played in a position that is congested because we have so many wide players or players who can play wide.
“I felt that the opportunities for him to play with the stature a player has, he needed to go somewhere and play.
“I believe it’s a good move for him because if Lukas has confidence and trust from the manager, he has the potential and the talent. I was not sure I could give that to him here.”
Last night Podolski thanked the Arsenal fan for their support since his move from Cologne and revealed he’d held extensive talks with Wenger before plumping for life on the Bosphorus.
“After talking openly to Arsene Wenger, I came to the conclusion that it would be best for me to make a move,” he told Bild.
Looking ahead to next summer’s European Championships in France, he continued: “Every player that wants to play at Euro 2016 needs to play. We [Germany] would surely not be world champions if we had started the tournament with 20 players that don’t get to play regularly at their club.
“I honestly thought that I would start team training at Arsenal on July 10 but within a few days things started to move very quickly.
“It was no disadvantage that I was on holiday in Turkey anyway so I could be at Istanbul to sign the contract within 45 minutes.
“The Turkish league is not on the same level as the Premier League or Bundesliga, but Galatasaray are Champions League regulars and have stars with a worldwide reputation like Wesley Snijder in the squad.
“Istanbul is a metropolis and Galatasaray has a very good name in world football.”