Inter Milan forward Lukas Podolski has hit out at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for the way he treated him during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
The World Cup winner left north London earlier this month after completing a season-long loan move to Inter, and he has not hidden the fact he didn't like how he was treated in England.
Podolski, who joined Arsenal from Cologne back in 2012, was seen as very much a fringe-player by Wenger and his main role was usually as a substitute and an impact player, but after spending most of the season on the sidelines, the German felt he had to leave.
Late last year Podolski voiced his concerns and made it clear to the media that he wanted out of Arsenal in order to play regular first-team football, and as soon as the New Year came about, a loan deal was organised.
Inter approached Arsenal and after numerous talks, the two parties agreed on a deal which would see Podolski join the Serie A club on a six-month loan deal with a view to making it permanent in the summer.
The 29-year-old's departure was seen as a blow to the Arsenal faithful, who all took to him and appreciated his actions off the pitch, more than the actions on it. Podolski was very much seen as the joker of the group and his interaction with fans on social media was seen as a great thing for the club and the fans alike.
However, little game-time and new arrivals pushed Podolski further down the pecking order and eventually forced him out of the club.
The German was seen as back-up to Olivier Giroud and new-signing Danny Welbeck, who arrived from Manchester United, and in a recent interview, Podolski has admitted that he had to get out whilst he still could.
Podolski stated that he doesn't mind being on the bench, but he didn't understand why he was always on it despite scoring goals when picked.
“It’s not a problem for me, being on the bench, but at Arsenal it happened too often," he said, according to the Daily Star.
"It’s not a problem for me, being on the bench, but at Arsenal it happened too often"
“I scored two goals in the Champions League, then I was left out. I didn’t like it. Fortunately the call came from Mancini.
“Inter remain one of the biggest clubs in the world, after all, if you haven’t won something for five years you’re hardly talking about prehistoric times."
The 29-year-old was referring to the Champions League game in Turkey when he scored twice against Galatasaray during the club's 4-1 victory.