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 82 appearances and scored 31 goals in two years at Arsenal, was officially unveiled by Inter Milan on Thursday 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.
“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.
“He told me he did not want me to go just before the transfer window, but never said anything else after that.”
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.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denies he disrespected Lukas Podolski and says he let the striker go out on loan because he is overstocked with attacking players.
The Germany international, who has joined Inter Milan on loan, claimed Wenger did not say goodbye to him after the deal was completed.
“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.