Lukas Podolski hints at future coaching role at Arsenal and reveals showdown talks with Arsene Wenger

first_img Comment Lukas Podolski hints at future coaching role at Arsenal and reveals showdown talks with Arsene Wenger Lukas Podolski says he could return to Arsenal in the future (Picture: Getty)Lukas Podolski has suggested he could return to Arsenal in a coaching capacity in the future and revealed what he told Arsene Wenger prior to his exit from the club.German World Cup-winner Podolski joined Premier League giants Arsenal in 2012 and scored 28 goals across his first two seasons at the Emirates.He fell down the pecking order during the 2014-15 campaign, however, and was sent on loan to Inter Milan for the second half of the season.Podolski spoke to then-Arsenal manager Wenger about his role at the club but deciding to secure a permanent move away from north London in the summer of 2015.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReflecting on his Gunners career, the former Germany international told Arsenal Player: ‘There are always some things.‘You weren’t happy because you’re not playing, maybe the coach isn’t happy because you’re not playing how he wants, maybe he sees another player above you?‘I don’t know. I had some games I played very well, I scored goals or played well and the next match I was sitting on the bench again. ‘After that, maybe rest a bit, I really don’t have a plan for now because I still love to play, to be with my teammates, to fight for three points every week, I still love that and when you love something you can’t leave it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘What is after? I have my business, maybe something more is coming, maybe being a coach in the youth, maybe work for your hometown Koln, maybe you can do something at Arsenal, maybe you can do something at Japan.‘I will see, time will tell.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal set to complete deal for winger George LewisMORE: Thierry Henry reveals why he wanted Liverpool to match Arsenal Invincibles 🆕 In Lockdown ft. @Podolski10🔴 What playing for Arsenal meant to him🍾 The 2014 @EmiratesFACup celebrations🚪 Why he felt he had to leave the club➕ And much, much more…🎧 Podcast episode four is now live!— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 7, 2020 Podolski spoke to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before leaving (Picture: Getty)‘That’s why I started thinking, “I’m going to have to change this situation”. I was thinking I was ready for Arsenal, I was thinking I was ready for the starting XI or to come on earlier but it was not like that.‘For any reason it sometimes happens like that in football or sport and that’s why I decided to move. This is life, this is sport, I didn’t want to but I had to because I wanted to play football.‘I wanted to be on the pitch but I would have loved to stay at Arsenal for a couple more years because I felt really great there.‘The team, the stuff around the team and everyone at the club was so friendly – like a family. Great fans, great city, the stadium – everything! I really enjoyed it but in the end it is like it is.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I had some talks with Arsene about my situation and I told him, “I want to play, I want to come on earlier” and of course, he’s the coach, he has to decide, he can’t promise players a bonus or to always play.‘No coach gives you that. So I decided for myself to move forward.’Podolski also suggested he could return to the club in the future after hanging up his boots.Asked about life after football, he said: ‘We will see, I still have something inside me to play for three or four more years maybe. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 May 2020 11:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.2kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img