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Podolski ready to rejoin Arsenal at the end of loan

The World Cup winner failed to impress at Inter so far and he is already thinking about his future at the end of the season.

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Everybody had high expectations when Podolski's arrival was announced, even if it was on loan and for only half-season. At Arsenal he didn't start a match this season, and it was a bit surprising since he did pretty well in his previous years with the Gunners: in 2012/13 he made 31 EPL appereances scoring 11 goals and assisting 9 teammates and the following season he played 20 EPL matches with 8 goals and 2 assists.

Saying he has been bad so far it may be reductive because in 11 Serie A games played - 8 started - he didn't score a single goal or helped a teammate scoring one and, in addition to this, he shot the ball 19 times, but only 3 of them were on target. That said, it's not a surprising news hearing that he is already talking about his future far from Milan.

Gianluca di Marzio reported that the German is confident about the fact he will be a starter next season at Arsenal and that a bad year doesn't affect him in any way. Here his words:

When I return to London I believe I'll have the chance to start, I still have one year on my contract, let's see what happens. At Arsenal I had two great seasons, scoring many goals and getting numerous assists. This year things didn't go well so I changed teams: but now I feel ready. The fact that I didn't score in Italy so far isn't a problem for me, I have been in football for a long time.

Podolski arrived this January on loan with a €600k loan fee. He will return to Arsenal this July.