Arsene Wenger explains decision to let Lukas Podolski leave Arsenal

Arsene Wenger lifts the lid on his decision to let Lukas Podolski leave Arsenal this summer

Arsene Wenger says he decided to let Lukas Podolski leave Arsenal because the Germany international needed more regular football.

The forward was sent out on loan to Inter Milan last season but failed to hold down a regular starting spot at San Siro and was limited to just eight starts in the Italian top flight.

Podolski joined Galatasaray on an initial three-year deal this week after being deemed surplus to requirements at Emirates Stadium ahead of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

And Wenger has explained his decision to let the World Cup winner leave the north London club.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Wenger said: “Lukas Podolski played in a position that is congested because we have so many wide players or players who can play wide.

“I felt that the opportunities for him to play with the stature a player has, he needed to go somewhere and play.

“I believe it’s a good move for him because if Lukas has confidence and trust from the manager, he has the potential and the talent. I was not sure I could give that to him here.”

Podolski signed a three-year deal with the Turkish outfit but has the option to extend his deal for another year, meaning he could remain at the club until the summer of 2019.

Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium next month after taking on Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley.

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