Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan: Arsenal forward set to join Italian side on loan for rest of the season - reports

The German has not started in the Premier League this season

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will join Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the season after the Gunners match against Southampton on New Year's Day, according to reports.

The Telegraph have reported that Inter officials met with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger on Saturday to negotiate the deal, which involves paying the Gunners £1.5m for a six-month loan that can be made permanent at the end of the season.

When asked about the transfer, Wenger said: "There's nothing concrete. We have Mesut Ozil coming back at the beginning of January, so we have a lot of competition up front."

Podolski had spoken of his frustration with his situation at Arsenal over the weekend. The German has not started a Premier League game for the club this season.


"I am not 20 or 21 years old and satisfied to wait for a chance," he told Super Express. "I am 29. I want to play, play, play!

"What can I do that I'm not already doing? I played in the starting XI in the Champions League and scored two goals, but then I was back on the bench [for the 4-1 win over Newcastle]. I don't know what more I can do to convince the coach."