Arsenal’s Podolski finalises Inter loan switch

Lukas Podolski has finally ended his Arsenal bench hell by completing a loan move to Italian giants Inter Milan for the rest of the season, according to the BBC.

Having expressed his frustrations at a lack of game time for some time now a move away from the Emirates has long been talked about for the player.

The 29-year-old has not started a Premier League game for the Gunners this season, playing just 99 minutes of league football, whilst starting their Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton and being used four times on the club’s way to reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League – scoring three times.

He joins ex-Premier League pair Roberto Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic at the club who are currently struggling in 11th in Serie A.

Since moving to North London from Cologne for £11m in 2012 the German international bagged 31 goals in 82 appearances for the club.

Despite his dwindling game time towards the end of last season and this, Podolski paid tribute to the support he received from the Arsenal fans.

“I can’t express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me,” wrote Podolski on Instagram ahead of completing his move.

“Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I’ve loved every minute playing for Arsenal and I hope I have left my mark on the club and fans alike. Hopefully we shall meet again.”

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