Lukas Podolski joined Bayern Munich in 2006 but left the German titans on 2009 after the arrival of Luca Toni to the club saw Podolski being dropped down the pecking order and he ultimately decided on leaving the club.
The Arsenal player has now admitted that it was a mistake for him to leave Bayern Munich and it would have been a better move for him to stay with the German team instead of leaving.
“I believe that if Jupp Heynckes had arrived one or two weeks earlier in 2009, I would probably still be at Bayern now. He was desperate to keep me. From a purely sporting perspective, returning to Cologne was certainly not very helpful.” Podolski told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine.
Podolski has been struggling to get a spot in the starting lineup of Arsene Wenger as the German forward is sustaining a series of injuries that sparked a number of rumors of him leaving Arsenal and joining his homeland club, Cologne but those rumors were quickly shut down by Podolski.
‘’That was a myth. There was absolutely no truth in it. The coach told me as such, and I knew there was no truth in it.” Podolski revealed.
The consistent number of injuries that Podolski has been suffering from in this season has forced Wenger on keeping an eye out on the transfer market and the rumors continue emerging concerning his future with Arsenal and one of the latest ones is Mario Balotelli being linked with the Premier League club. Arsenal is reportedly ready to sell Podolski in order to lure in Balotelli from Ac.Milan.
During Podolski’s debut season with Arsenal, the German forward managed on scoring 16 goals and provided 11 assists for the English club but in the current campaign, he has been limited to only a few appearances.