Lukas Podolski
The German international failed to start a single Premier League game during the first part of the campaign.Getty Images/CHRISTOF STACHE

German international Lukas Podolski says he expects to return to Arsenal at the end of the current campaign once his loan spell at Inter Milan expires.

The 29-year-old forward forced a move to the Serie A giants during the recent January transfer window after falling out of favour with Arsene Wenger during the first part of the campaign, failing to made a single starting appearance in the Premier League.

Podolski has since started five Seria A games at Inter but told Kicker he expects to return to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

"As things stand now, I will return to London in the summer," he said.

"There will be talks in March or April because the season ends in May. I had a great time in London, even though the last half-year wasn't satisfying from a sporting perspective."

Nevertheless and even though the forward had previously voiced his frustration over Wenger's exiled, he now claims his relationship with Wenger is still good.

"But it's a fact that I never had problems there either with the club or with Arsene Wenger or even the fans. All I bemoaned was that once the move was sealed there were no farewell words from the club.

"In spite of that I had two-and-a-half nice years, from a sporting and from a personal perspective. I am proud to have ended Arsenal's trophy drought with my goals in the FA Cup and to have won this trophy as a German in England."