Lukas Podolski: Arsene Wenger showed me no respect

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Lukas Podolski has hit out at Arsene Wenger for his perceived lack of respect after revealing that he's heard nothing from the Arsenal manager since leaving north London to join Inter Milan on loan.

The Gunners fans' favourite was unable to hide his disappointment that the French tactician has made no contact whatsoever since taking the decision to quit the Emirates Stadium in the hope of securing more regular first-team football in Serie 'A'.

Podolski moves to the San Siro initially on a temporary deal until the end of 2014/15, but it looks as though the Germany international's Arsenal career is now over, which could pave way for a permanent transfer to Italy where he'll now play under Roberto Mancini.

"He said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye," explained the 29-year-old in an interview with The Sun. "I don't need flowers or a kiss from him. But it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important.

"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."

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He added: "I wish all of Arsenal and their amazing fans the very best for this season and I see myself as a Gunner. Nothing from him to me, though, but that is his way."

The treatment that Podolski has received from Wenger over the past five months will come as a concern to Arsenal supporters who frequently questioned his decision to bench a player that contributed 31 goals in 82 appearances for the club.

After making a positive start to life in the Premier League the £11 million signing from Cologne fell further and further down the pecking order, but there was no explanation as to why Wenger no longer saw Podolski as an important part of his plans.

"I don't want communication every day as I am a professional," he continued. "You do it on the training ground. But when you move somewhere, you get a message.

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"Maybe he [Wenger] had other problems with me but I don't know. He told me he did not want me to go just before the transfer window but never said anything else after that.

"I had to move forward. I could not wait for 25 injuries."

Podolski made his Inter Milan debut in the 1-1 draw with Juventus on Tuesday, and is poised to make his bow at the San Siro when Mancini's men take on Genoa in the league on Sunday.

The likeable German is excited about what the future holds for him in Italy, and appears determined not to look back negatively on his two-and-a-half-years at Arsenal, despite conceding that this season has been the most frustrating of his career.

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"It is not a problem to sit on the bench. Absolutely not. When you have three games in a week and you don't play, you have to think about it, though.

"If I had been given a run of five or ten games and played really s**t, then I could say 'fair enough, I am not good enough'.

"Maybe I made mistakes, I don't know. I trained well and wanted to play."

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