Podolski: Wenger showed me no respect

The Germany international says he still considers himself a Gunner, but is angry that the Frenchman failed to acknowledge him before he joined Inter on loan

Lukas Podolski has revealed Arsene Wenger declined to even say goodbye before he completed his loan move from Arsenal to Inter last week.

Podolski elected to join the Nerazzurri for the rest of the season after becoming disillusioned with a lack of opportunities at the Emirates Stadium this season, having made just 13 appearances in all competitions.

And the Germany international, who scored 19 goals in 60 appearances over two years at Arsenal but never gained the trust of Wenger as a regular starter, has now accused the Frenchman of a lack of respect.

“He said nothing to me,” Podolski told The Sun. “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. Maybe he had other problems with me.

“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 to me, though, but that is his way.”

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