Podolski planning return to Arsenal

Striker Lukas Podolski has revealed that he will look to return to Arsenal and fight for a first-team place next season after returning from his loan spell at Inter, Sky Sports has reported.

The Germany international moved to the San Siro in a temporary transfer back in January, but has failed to impress, not managing to score in any of his games so far. He has also been left out of Inter’s squad for the Europa League and his performances have been publically criticised by manager Roberto Mancini.

With Inter now appearing unlikely to sign Podolski on a permanent basis in the summer, the 29-year-old has set his sights on attempting to return to favour at Arsenal, where he has experienced a mixed two and-a-half year stay since joining from Cologne.

This season in particular, he has found himself down the pecking order behind the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, and he has rarely completed 90 minutes throughout his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Announcing his desire to return to North London, Podolski said: “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.”

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

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