Podolski hits out at Wenger

Lukas Podolski slammed Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger for lacking “respect” in an acrimonious parting shot after his move to Inter Milan this week.

“He said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye. I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him. But it’s about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important,” the German World Cup player told The Sun newspaper.

Podolski, who made just 82 appearances in two years at Arsenal, was officially unveiled by Inter Milan on Thursday days after completing a loan deal until the end of the season.

His comments indicated that he wants a permanent move from Arsenal, though Wenger strongly denied he had snubbed the player.

“I did everything for the club I possibly could have. I don’t believe I did anything wrong. I did not get drunk in a club,” added Podolski.

The 29-year-old striker praised the club and their supporters. “I wish all of Arsenal and their amazing fans the very best for this season and I see myself as a Gunner.”

But he singled out Wenger for attack after a frustrating season in which he has had few chances to play.

Silence is “his way,” said Podolski.

“I don’t want communication every day as I am a professional. You do it on the training ground. But when you move somewhere, you get a message,” he said.

“Maybe he had other problems with me but I don’t know.”

“He told me he did not want me to go just before the transfer window, but never said anything else after that.”

Podolski said he had no complaint about being a substitute. “Absolutely not. When you have three games in a week and you don’t play, you have to think about it, though.

“Maybe I made mistakes, I don’t know. I trained well and wanted to play.”

The German also said he had been happy at Arsenal. “I played 82 games and scored 31 goals plus assists. That’s not bad. But when you don’t get a chance you cannot show what you can do — and the last five months I hardly played.”

“Wenger said to me I was the best finisher at the club. Let me play, then.”

Podolski said other players were asking him “what was going on”.

“The big moment was after the Champions League. I played a very good game against Galatasaray and then I was on the bench again. I knew I had to move.”

Podolski said he had spoken with former Brazilian international Ronaldo about Inter. “I had other options but Inter felt right,” he said.

Wenger denied any lack of respect to Podolski.

“I deny it completely. I had many conversations with him,” said Wenger. “Without my agreement, he couldn’t go on loan.”

“Every club has its internal discipline and rules and it doesn’t necessarily need to be public.”

The Arsenal coach said he had not ruled out the possibility of Podolski returning to the club when his loan deal expired.

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Podolski joins Inter Milan on loan – club

Inter Milan confirmed on Monday that German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski has joined on loan from Arsenal.

The Italian Serie A outfit said the 29-year-old had taken part in training on Monday afternoon.

Arsenal had revealed the completed deal earlier in the day when wishing Podolski well on Twitter.

The former Bayern Munich player will be on the bench for Tuesday’s high-profile trip to champions Juventus, Inter coach Roberto Mancini said.

“I’ve prepared for this match without Podolski. Once the transfer is rubber stamped, I’ll put him on the bench, that’s certain. He’s an excellent player, he’ll help us a lot,” said Mancini in his pre-match press conference.

A week ago, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had described Inter’s initial approach as “a joke”, claiming the Italians were “not serious” — Italian sides have a history of making audacious, derisory offers to try to sign players on the cheap.

Podolski, who joined Arsenal from Cologne in 2012 — the club he started out at before a three-year hiatus with Bayern from 2006 to 2009 — had not played a league match for the Gunners this season.

He won German Bundesliga crowns with Cologne in 2005 and Bayern three years later.

He won the FA Cup with Arsenal last season, having also lifted the German Cup with Bayern in 2008.

He was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad in Brazil in July, although he only played in the group stages.