To think we would stop hearing about Lukas Podolski for a while following his loan move to Inter is certainly a dream. The German has decided to keep talking about Arsenal and everyone related with it since he left.
He recently released a single titled ‘No Respect’ in which he claimed Wenger has no respect for him, claiming the Arsenal manager did not bother to wish him farewell as he left Arsenal for Inter on loan till the end of the season.
Poldi who has scored 31 goals in all competitions since signing from Cologne in 2012 agreed a loan move to Italian giants, Inter Milan last week after growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of game time at the Emirates.
With the release of his new Single ‘No Respect’, Poldi has severed any chance of seeing out the final year of his Gunners’ contract. Poldi told The Sun:
“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.” (Strike one)
He further continued, saying :
” 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 had a great time at Arsenal, I want to thank the fans and the club.”
“If I had been given a run of five or 10 games and played really shit, then I could say: ‘Fair enough, I am not good enough.’
“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 as a striker (another swipe at Le Professeur,Strike two) but we will see what the manager wants. He is a great coach, he has great experience from Manchester City and is a great name in Europe and the world.”
During his presser earlier today, Wenger shed more light as to why he loaned out Poldi and also rubbished reports that he said no words to Poldi prior to his move to inter and said: “I deny that completely, I had many conversations with him about going on loan. He needed my permission and I gave him my position.”
The Prof said he loaned Poldi out because he is overstocked with attacking players. I am not even gonna try and make sense out of that ‘cos we all know how it goes down if injuries start rolling in.
Wenger revealed that Roberto Mancini’s side do not have an option to buy the forward, but hopes Podolski’s loan spell will be a positive experience.
“He didn’t get enough opportunities to play – because I knew that, I gave him a chance to go,” the Arsenal manager said.
“Why? Because we have many players who can play in these positions and at the end of the day only 11 can start. When a player of his quality doesn’t get enough games, at some stage too much competition is detrimental to the confidence of the players and their positivity.
“You need the right number and we had too many players in this area. It’s nothing to do with his quality; it’s just down to the fact that we had too many players in the same area.”
It would be interesting to see what happens with Poldi after his six month loan at Inter is over.