Former Arsenal striker, Lukas Podolski has taken a jibe at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, accusing him of not showing him respect. The German attacker recently joined Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the season early this week after struggling to break into the Arsenal first team lineup.
And Podolski has revealed that Arsene Wenger did not even care to bid him farewell or goodbye before he left for Italy.
“He said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye” Podolski was quoted as saying.
“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.”
Podolski did however thanked the Arsenal fan base as he was being unveiled at Inter Milan. He said:
“I had a great time at Arsenal, I want to thank the fans and the club,’ he added. ‘I didn’t play much and Inter gave me the chance. I had a good chat with [Roberto] Mancini and he made it easy to come.
“I’m at my best when I play in the middle as a No 10 or a striker but we will see what the manager wants.”
However, Arsene Wenger has subsequently denied claims that he did not wish the German farewell.
“I deny that completely, I had many conversations with him about going on loan. He needed my permission and I gave him my position.”
Podolski is still technically an Arsenal player, away on loan with the Inter Milan, at least until the end of the season. His contract doesn’t run out until the end of the 2015-16 season, which means he could return to the Emirates at the end of the current campaign.
However a happy reunion in north London appears unlikely, as this latest jibe at Wenger won’t help his case. Wenger is known to be a manager who does not condone such acts, and this recent swipe by Podolski on him might just be the catalyst for his remain at Inter Milan. There is a big difference between a personal insult and a perfectly valid criticism. The latter is what Lukas Podolski will likely be punished for, as Arsene Wenger’s ego has been badly hurt. Not many players criticised Wenger and come back playing under him.
Personally, with the rant from Podolski, I do not see any way he will play for Arsenal again. He is now very likely to leave the club permanently and rightly so. He contributes way too little for a player who earns as much as 100,000 per week.