German hero Lothar Matthaus has reignited his spat with Arsenal Lukas Podolski by claiming that he needs to stop blaming others for his lack of on-field success and focus on improving himself, according to The Metro.
The Gunners attacker is currently on loan at Inter Milan, a move he made after growing frustrated at a lack of opportunities at the Emirates Stadium this season.
Upon his move to Italy, Podolski claimed that he’s been shown a lack of “respect” by boss Arsene Wenger, placing a potential return to north London in doubt.
The versatile attacker was also critical of Matthaus – who suggested that it’s time for the player himself to show what he really can do on the field after tough spells with Arsenal and Bayern Munich – aiming a personal dig at his four marriages and coaching record.
And now the former Bayern, Inter and MetroStars enforcer has retaliated to Podolski’s attack:
“Podolski should finally look at himself and ask himself why he was not a success at big clubs, at Bayern Munich and now at Arsenal,
“There have to be reasons for it and it is not always the coach who is to blame. He showed it again by hitting out against Arsene Wenger. You don’t do stuff like that. His reaction on Twitter was again a reaction over nothing.
“I have no problem with Podolski but, if he knew my career a little, he would know I won championships as a coach more often than he did as a player. That says a lot.
“If I was him, I’d focus on the stuff that matters. I hope he’ll do that because he wants to prove a point to some people. He surely wants to play a part in the national team too, and the competition in his position is fierce.”