Podolski: I'll return to Arsenal

The forward has failed to impress during his loan spell at Inter so far and claims his plan was always to return to the Emirates this summer

Lukas Podolski believes he still has a future at Arsenal and plans return to north London in the summer when his loan spell at Inter comes to an end.

The Germany international moved to San Siro in January, having fallen out of favour under Arsene Wenger, but has failed to reignite his career under Roberto Mancini.

Podolski, 29, is yet to find the net in nine appearances for his new club and has now hinted that a permanent move to Inter would not be his desired choice.

“At Inter there have been some negative situations, but I see the bright side in all of it,” he told Sport Bild. “Also, it’s generally easier to criticise someone who comes on loan, as I did this winter.

“The chapter is not closed with Arsenal, because there is no purchase option.

“I was the first person to clear things up in the talks with Inter and say I didn’t want any kind of clause that would have let them purchase my contract rights.

“When you’re on loan you never know what can happen, so at the end of the season we’ll analyse things freely and decide the situation.”

Podolski enjoyed World Cup success with Germany last summer but did not start a single Premier League game with the Gunners in 2014-15 before sealing a temporary switch to the Nerazzurri.

Mancini left him out of Inter’s Europa League squad and has subsequently criticised the forward for his poor performances.

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