It was claimed Arsene Wenger didn’t use him properly.
For many Arsenal fans, it was not Podolski’s fault that Wenger didn’t play him, blind to his obvious deficiencies, their judgement clouded by the goals he scored and the hashtags he was addicted to.
Yes, the German World Cup winner scored goals, but he did not score enough of them to warrant a place in the starting lineup given the rest of his overall contribution. Or lack thereof.
Now on loan with Inter Milan, Poldi has played the full 90 minutes just twice in the six games he has been involved in. In his last game, he was taken off after just 54 minutes.
As Inter Milan get ready to face Celtic in the Europa League they have not even included him in the squad.
According to L’Equipe, the Italians had to choose between Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri and they opted for the former Bayern Munich man in the squad they submitted on Tuesday.