Lukas Podolski: Inter Milan sign Arsenal forward on loan

Lukas Podolski
Prior to joining Arsenal, Lukas Podolski played for Bayern Munich in between two spells at Cologne

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has joined Inter Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old, who joined Arsenal in 2012, was greeted by fans in Milan at the weekend and the Gunners confirmed his move to Serie A on Monday.

Inter Milan tweeted: "Podolski will wear the number 11 shirt. He is in the squad for Juventus v Inter and on his way to Turin with the team."

Podolski had not started a Premier League game for Arsenal this season.

Despite playing four times during the Gunners' run to the last-16 of the Champions League, scoring three times, he played just 99 minutes in the Premier League.

"I can't express in words my gratitude towards Arsenal fans for all they have done for me," wrote Podolski on Instagram ahead of completing his move.

"Please know my heart always holds a place for you. I've loved every minute playing for Arsenal and I hope I have left my mark on the club and fans alike. Hopefully we shall meet again."

Roberto Mancini and Lukas Podolski
Podolski took to Instagram on Saturday and posted: "New year, new beginnings. #ForzaInter #Mancini #Inter #Poldi"

Since his £11m move from Cologne to north London, Podolski struck 31 goals in 82 games.

He will now work under former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and alongside ex-Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic at the San Siro with Inter currently 11th in Italy's top tier.

Podolski was an unused substitute in Arsenal's 2-1 win at West Ham on 28 December, with his last action coming in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle on 13 December.

Lukas Podolski
Podolski will wear the number 11 shirt at Inter Milan

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