Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has released a farewell statement on his official Instagram account, all-but confirming his loan move to Inter Milan has been completed and finalised.
The two clubs have been in extensive talks for the past fortnight, with the major issue being the loan-fee, but after numerous discussions, the two came to an agreement and the deal is now set to be finalised.
Podolski has already been imaged in Italy after arriving earlier today, and was met by hundreds of excited Inter Milan fans at a local airport before being taken away to a nearby hospital to complete his medical.
The German international has been linked with a move away from Arsenal for the past month or two due to lack of game-time at the Emirates Stadium, and after new arrivals pushed him further down the pecking order, his time in North London appeared all-but over.
Danny Welbeck's arrival from Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez joining from FC Barcelona meant Podolski's role within the Gunners' first-team was even further diminished and after truthful interviews in the media, the 29-year-old made it clear he was ready to leave.
The World Cup winner stated he needs to be playing regularly at his age and will talk to Arsene Wenger about his future, which eventually led to him being allowed to leave Arsenal on a six-month loan deal.
Podolski is expected to return to the club in June once his loan expires, but it's believed it will be a short-term stay before he's sold permanently.
With the news all-but confirmed, Podolski took to his official Instagram account this afternoon to post a fond farewell to Arsenal fans.
The statement read: "I can't express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me in my years in London!
"Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I've loved every minute playing for Arsenal & I hope I have left my mark on the club & fans alike.
"Hopefully we shall meet again! COYG #AFC #RedArmy #Fans #Poldi #Gunner."
By the sounds of the statement, it does look like the German will be leaving permanently in the summer.
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