Lukas Podolski has not taken long to let it rip in to Arsene Wenger for his time with Arsenal. Podolski, who is regarded as one of the finest finishers of his time was constantly benched by Arsene Wenger during Podolski’s time with Arsenal. Since joining Inter Milan Lukas Podolski has shared his views on his time with Arsenal and his relationship with Arsene Wenger.
In a surprising claim, Podolski says that, Arsene Wenger did not even bother to say Goodbye to the German striker, who will play for Inter Milan for the rest of the current season. Read Podolski’s full statement here:
“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 wish all of Arsenal and their amazing fans the very best for this season and I see myself as a Gunner. Nothing from him (Arsene) to me, though, but that is his way”.
Even though Lukas Podolski is still a Gunner, but following these claims, one can only imagine if he will ever return to the Emirates in near future. Podolski’s relationship with Arsene Wenger was always on the fringes. Podolski kept demanding more playing time but in return all he got was, BENCH TIME.
Relations between Podolski and Wenger got even worse when Podolski decided to quit the training session and did not bother travelling for the game at St. Marys against Southampton. After the treatment at Arsenal, Podolski must have been blown away with the reception he got in Italy when thousands were present to greet Inter Milan’s latest signing.
Lukas Podolski came off the bench to create a massive impact for Inter Milan against Juventus in the 1-1 draw. Podolski will be a definite starter for Inter Milan this weekend against Genova, at home. Podolski’s decion to quit Arsenal got even solid when he was benched by Wenger following an impressive performance against Galatasatay in the Champions League, which saw Podolski score two goals in the game. Podolski said:
“Wenger said to me I was the best finisher at the club. Let me play, then. If you always play ten or 15 minutes, you can show nothing. I was coming on at either 0-0 or 2-0 or 3-0 down. My team-mates were asking me what was going on, but this is the life of a footballer.’
“The big moment was after the Champions League game. I played a very good game against Galatasaray and then I was on the bench again. I knew I had to move”.
This all is Podolski’s side of story. To be fair on Arsene Wenger, he might have seen some thing different in Podolski while signing him and in the end what he got was a player not at his sparkling going forward and was null in defense. These claims by Podolski are not adding any glory to striker’s legacy either. Podolski could have gone about the entire thing more gracefully, I feel.
Quotes Credits: bleacherreport