Lukas Podolski insists he had a good relationship with Arsene Wenger – despite blaming a lack of game time for his frustrating Arsenal career.
Podolski arrived in north London amid much fanfare for a big-money fee in 2012 but played only 60 Premier League games across three seasons.
He still managed to find the back of the net 19 times in the top flight during that time and looks back at his time in London with fond memories.
Podolski told FourFourTwo magazine : “I didn’t get enough game time; I felt that I performed well and didn’t get the minutes I deserved.
"On the other hand, 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."
Despite those clear frustrations over a lack of game time, Podolski has opened up on his relationship with Arsene Wenger and claimed he was “like a grandpa” to him.
"He was a great manager and I really like him as a person, too,” he added.
“He was like a grandpa: a very intelligent man, who was nice to talk to. He could speak lots of languages and never yelled.
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"He was Arsenal: he created everything. Arsene created 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."
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Also in this month’s issue, Cristiano Ronaldo closes in on becoming international football’s greatest goalscorer, Lukas Podolski answers your questions and the rise and fall of Michel Platini.
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