Podolski wanted Van Persie to stay at Arsenal

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Lukas Podolski admits he hoped to have the opportunity to forge a partnership with Robin van Persie at Arsenal, and was disappointed to see the Dutch striker leave for Manchester United.

Podolski agreed to join the Gunners in April before finally completing his move to the club from Cologne in July, and had his eyes on playing alongside Van Persie.

The Arsenal captain, however, outlined his intention not to sign a new contract with the club, and the Gunners decided to cash-in on Van Persie - selling him to Manchester United for £24 million.

It was a decision which left Podolski wondering what might have been, although the Germany international says the club is far more important than any individual player.

"For me it was better if he [Van Persie] stayed - he is a world-class player and I hoped that he stayed and we played together," he told a press conference. "But he made a decision and it is the team of Arsenal that is important."

Podolski, 27, has scored in his last three games for the Gunners, having opened his account in the defeat of Liverpool before firing in a free-kick in the rout of Southampton last weekend.

The forward then netted on his Champions League debut for Arsenal, as they claimed a 2-1 win away to Montpellier.

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