Lukas Podolski has his heart set on a return to Arsenal at the end of the season, according to Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini.
The German international joined the Serie A outfit in the January transfer window, but has struggled to establish himself in the first team. So far he's made just 12 league appearances, and is yet to find the back of the net in Serie A.
Mancini has been forced to defend the form of Podolski and fellow loanee Xherdan Shaqiri, who arrived at the San Siro from Bayern Munich. However he also confirmed that Podolski is hoping to be taken back at Arsenal at the end of the current campaign.
'In Italy, we have a habit of not being able to wait,' said the former Manchester City boss. 'Not everything can be done quickly, especially when moving from one country to another, from one club to another.
'The same applies to Podolski who I consider a great player and a great professional. That situation is a little different though, because he is on loan and wants to return to Arsenal.'
Podolski struggled for game time at Arsenal before being shipped off to Italy, managing just 99 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League in the first half of the season.
However that is unlikely to change much if he does return to Arsenal given Arsene Wenger's strength in attack this term. His side have managed 63 goals so far - the third highest in the league - with both Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud bagging 22 and 18 goals respectively.
Podolski was critical of Wenger when he left Arsenal in January, suggesting that the Frenchman didn't treat him as he deserved.
“He said nothing to me," the World Cup winner said. "He did not call or say goodbye."
“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.
“I wish all of Arsenal and their amazing fans the very best for this season and I see myself as a Gunner."
Arsenal missed a chance to keep the title race alive with a 0-0 draw against Chelsea over the weekend, which means they remain 10 points behind Jose Mourinho's side with five games to go having played one match more.
Arsenal fans love Lukas Podolski and the feeling is mutual, however the sad fact is that he doesn't have the all-round game to fit into Arsene Wenger's team. The German can be a liability at times in terms of his defensive work, and that simply won't do.
In all likelihood he will be sold in the summer to the highest bidder which is a shame as the Premier League is a more interesting place when he's around.