Lukas Podolski will return to Arsenal this summer

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has confirmed he has no plans of staying in Italy after his loan spell ends in the summer.

The German international left the Gunners early in January after securing a six-month loan deal to the San Siro with Inter Milan, and despite making regular appearances for Roberto Mancini's side, the forward has confirmed that he'll be returning to London at the end of the season.

Arsenal Woes

Podolski has endured a torrid season so far in the 2014/2015 campaign, despite winning the World Cup with Germany in the summer.

The 29-year-old saw his first-team status diminish at Arsenal after the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck and then the return of Theo Walcott from a long-term injury pushed the German further down the pecking order.

Podolski got rare game-time in the Champions League, but despite scoring a brace against Galatasaray he then returned to the bench for the next game, leaving him frustrated and ready to quit.

Wanting Out

Near the end of the calender year, Podolski was very open when speaking to the media and confirmed that he's ready to talk to Arsene Wenger about his future, and the duo eventually agreed to send him out on loan for the remainder of the season.

Inter Milan were the team that agreed to bringing Podolski in and were expected to make the loan deal a permanent one in the summer, but it's been confirmed now that that will not happen.

Podolski has been criticised by the Italian media for his lazy performances, and he has now confirmed that he's returning to London at the end of the season.

London Return

"As things stand now, I will return to London in the summer," ESPN quoted the Germany World Cup winner as having told Kicker.

"There will be talks in March or April because the season ends in May.

"I had a great time in London, even though the last half-year wasn’t satisfying from a sporting perspective.

"But it’s a fact that I never had problems there neither with the club, nor with Arsene Wenger, or even the fans. All I bemoaned was that once the move was sealed there were no farewell words from the club.

"But in spite of that I had two-and-a-half nice years, from a sporting and from a personal perspective.

"I am proud to have ended Arsenal’s trophy drought with my goals in the FA Cup and to have won this trophy as a German in England."

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