Arsene Wenger has denied the accusations by on loan Arsenal star Lukas Podolski that a lack of respect was shown during his move away from the Emirates…
Lukas Podolski lashed out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for his alleged lack of respect, but the Frenchman has denied the accusations thrown his way by the German World Cup winner, according to Goal.
The 29-year-old has recently secured a loan move to Serie A side Inter Milan, after finding first team football difficult to come by at the Emirate Stadium.
The on loan star hit out at his former boss almost immediately after making the switch to Italy, claiming that the Gunners manager had not even said goodbye to him.
Wenger denied the accusations however, and claims he showed nothing but respect to the forward.
“I deny it completely,” he said.
“We spoke many times. I had many conversations with him. Without my agreement, he couldn’t go on loan.”
Podolski increasingly saw his first team chances in North London limited, and was restricted to a handful of substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.
He was forced to look for regular football elsewhere, with Wenger clearly viewing him as surplus to requirements.
The German international still sees himself as a Gunner, but was clear that he felt he had been disrespected by the Arsenal boss.
“He said nothing to me,” Podolski said.
“He did not call me or say goodbye.
“I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him. But it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important. Maybe he had other problems with me.
“I wish all of Arsenal and their amazing fans the very best for this season and I see myself as a Gunner. Nothing from him to me, though, but that is his way.”