Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski feels he made a mistake joining Inter Milan on loan last season, but has vowed to make up for lost time by bouncing back at the Emirates Stadium in 2015/16.
The Germany international has just 12 months remaining on his current deal in north London and has been heavily linked in the press with a permanent departure this summer.
However, Podolski is adamant he still has something to offer Arsene Wenger's side next term and is determined to prove his worth to the Gunners boss by winning back his place in the team.
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“I’ve always felt comfortable there," the 30-year-old was quoted saying by The Guardian, with quotes taken from an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild. "With the fans, with the team and also with the manager. I’m going back to play, I have to say my qualities suit Arsenal.
“Inter? Last season went how it went. English football is the one which best suits my style but I know how suddenly everything can change.
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“I have characteristics to help different teams but it was a mistake to go to Inter with no redemption clauses."
Last week, talkSPORT reported that the £100,000-a-week star was on the verge of signing for Turkish giants Galatasaray for a cut-price £1.4 million fee, but based on Podolski's latest comments it seems he has his heart set on staying in the Premier League.
After angling for a transfer during the January window having grown increasingly frustrated about his lack of action, the Arsenal fans' favourite seems to have acknowledged the error of his ways and instead wants to fight for a place in Wenger's starting XI.
But, with competition for places - particularly in attacking midfield - arguably as fierce as it's ever been in north London, the German might have to wait patiently and bide his time before earning a recall to the side.
“In football there are times when everything doesn’t work out for the best," he explained. "You’re not always playing as a starter and you just have to accept the decisions and work on your own game. That’s what I did but now I’m looking forward.”
There were a few positives for Podolski to take from the 2014/15 campaign, like his match-winning performance in the Champions League against alleged suitors Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena, but in truth those moments of magic were few and far between.
Now, with a return to pre-season fast approaching, the former Cologne and Bayern Munich man needs to get his head down and focus on winning back the trust of Wenger, in a bid to earn a contract extension before his existing deal expires next summer.
Arsenal fans: Do you think there is still a place for Lukas Podolski in Arsene Wenger's first-team squad next season? Or do you think it's time to cash-in on the out-of-favour Germany international? Have your say below...
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