The situation regarding Lukas Podolski’s six-month loan move to Italian giants, Internazionale has been completely blown out of proportion not only by Arsenal and her magnitude of fans, but also by the media the world over.
Wenger has definitely disappointed some fans by publicly stating that the 29-year-old would be staying put at the Emirates, only to then say that the move is best for everyone, whilst the story has also drawn a large line down the centre of the German media.
One side of the German press including the DFB Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Welt feel that Podolski is putting himself first by hooking up with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in Milan, while the other half would more than disagree with these views.
Regional paper Bild took inspiration from Wenger by calling the move “strange” and a sign that Podolski’s time as a national player had come to an abrupt end, with 1990 World Cup champion, Lothar Matthӓus also following suit.
Indeed Matthaus, who also criticised the attacking midfielder of caring more about tweeting then indeed trying to solidify a place in Arsenal’s starting line-up, was backhanded by the former Bayern Munich star when he labelled the 53-year-old as a bigger failure for marrying five times.
Distasteful and uncalled for you would say? Not to Podolski who sees such criticism as uncalled for as he attempts to rebuild his career abroad after a bitter-sweet 28 months of wearing the nine jersey for Arsenal.
Despite scoring 31 goals in 82 appearances for Arsenal in every competition since joining from FC Cologne in the summer of 2012, the powerful left-sided forward has only featured seven times in the league this season.
And despite saving Wenger’s blushes by helping Arsenal to qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League by netting three goals in five games, Podolski was ironically deemed to be surplus to requirements in the eyes of the French manager.
However, footballers often hold no allegiances and when Inter Milan came calling, who could possibly blame Podolski for refusing to play and storming out of training if he was given the choice between either sitting on the bench or receiving regular football in a less demanding league?
Indeed the decision was sealed in concrete when Mancini told the 29 year old that he would be able to continue playing to a grander age if he was to finish his career in Italy, instead of being a punching bag at Arsenal.
One other reason why Podolski has accepted that his time at Arsenal has most indefinitely come to an end at the Premier League outfit regards a long telephone conversation that he had with Germany manager, Joachim Low during the autumn.
151 caps or bust
The forward who has fallen behind the likes of Marco Reus and Julian Draxler in the national set-up was told by Low that he would no longer be picked for the world champions if he was not to seek a new challenge and prove to the world of football that he still is the player he once used to be.
In this instance there the criticism that Podolski has been receiving from within Germany and the media is strange to say the least, especially when the Polish-born midfielder is desperate to achieve maximum success in his last few years as a professional.
If Podolski was to be a hit at the San Siro, whilst also bagging a few goals along the way, there might be a strong chance that he would be able to make the cut for Euro 2016, pending if Germany make the knockouts following a sluggish start in their respective qualification group.
Perhaps there is a reason why Matthӓus is jealous about “the Pod” finding himself at Inter Milan, and this might have something to do with the fact that the 29 year old is just 29 caps of reaching his record number of appearances for Germany.
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