Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has revealed that lack of enough game time-triggered his move away from Arsenal.
Podolski joined Arsenal for an £11 million fee in 2012 but fell out of favour after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in the summer of 2014.
In an interview with Four Four Two, Podolski said: “I didn’t get enough game time. I felt that I performed well and didn’t get the minutes I deserved.”
“If you look at my stats, I played in about 80 matches and was directly involved in a lot of goals by scoring or assisting. My relationship with the fans and players was positive.
“We won the FA Cup in 2014, which was the club’s first trophy for quite a few years. I liked living in London, my family enjoyed it too.”
Despite the disappointments, Podolski had praise for manager Arsene Wenger describing the Frenchman as a great manager.
“He was a great manager and I really like him as a person too. He was like a grandpa: a very intelligent man who was nice to talk to.
“He could speak lots of languages and never yelled. He was Arsenal-he created everything, a style of playing.
“He was the man who oversaw the club’s move to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury and won so many trophies during his 22 years there. I’d be fascinated to see how he would have done in charge of another team,” he added.
It’s the same 2014 that Podolski lifted the World Cup with Germany and retired from international duty with 49 goals in 130 games.