Podolski hints of Arsenal future after Inter loan spell

Lukas Podolski insists he has no regrets about joining Internazionale in January, although he has refused to rule out a return to Arsenal next season.

The German international left his homeland when the Gunners prised him from Koln in the summer of 2012, and he soon became a popular figure at the Emirates Stadium. However, he never really found his best form whilst in England and struggled to command a regular first team place under Arsene Wenger, who was happy to loan him to Inter during the January window.

Podolski has as of yet failed to settle in Serie A, having failed to find the back of the net in any of the nine appearances he has made in all competitions. The 29-year-old recently revealed that he didn’t want a clause in his loan contract allowing the Nerazzurri to take him on a permanent basis, and he has now revealed that he could yet return to Arsenal ahead of the 2015/16 season.

“I don’t regret joining Inter,” he said. “I was the one who did not want a clause [for Inter to buy him at the end of the season] because now I can evaluate everything in the summer freely and make a decision [about my future] then. My chapter with Arsenal is not closed. I still have a year left on my contract [there] and always got on really well with the guys and the fans.”

Whether Wenger would look to reintroduce Podolski to his first team fold is another matter altogether. Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck usually provide his options in a central attacking role, where youngster Chuba Akpom has also been involved this term. And in the other forward roles, there are also several options including the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.

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