Serie A striker desperate for Arsenal summer link-up

Lukas Podolski has heart set on a return to Arsenal at the end of the season and is already counting the days, according to his Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini.

The Germany international is currently on loan at the San Siro from the Gunners after struggling for first-team opportunities in north London at the start of the season.

He has since found life in Italy tough, with his performances yet to yield a Serie A goal, while Mancini opted against registering him in his Europa League squad for the latter stages of the tournament.

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And the former Manchester City boss has confirmed that Podolski is already looking forward to heading back to Arsenal:

“In Italy, we have a habit of not being able to wait.” He is quoted by Metro. “Not everything can be done quickly, especially when moving from one country to another, from one club to another.

“The same applies to Podolski who I consider a great player and a great professional.

“That situation is a little different though, because he is on loan and wants to return to Arsenal.”

Whether or not Podolski has a future at Arsenal remains up in the air, with Arsene Wenger possessing a wealth of options both up front on the flanks – the World Cup winner’s preferred roles.