Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski has failed to impress during a loan spell with Inter Milan Getty Images

Lukas Podolski has insisted he is ready to return to Arsenal this summer even though he is not making the impact expected during his loan spell at Inter Milan.

The Germany international moved to the Serie A giants during the January transfer window after failing to make a single starting appearance under Arsene Wenger in the first part of the campaign.

And even though he is under fresh scrutiny in Italy after not scoring a single goal for the Italian side, the 29-year-old forward believes that he still has a future with the Gunners as his contract at north London does not expire until summer 2016.

"When I go back [to Arsenal] I think I have the chance to play there," he told Sportsmail.

"I have one year left so we will see what happens. I feel very well at the club and with my teammates as well. I had a great two and a half years; I scored a lot of goals there and had a lot of assists.

"The first six months of the season were not easy, that's why I changed clubs. But now I'm ready."

Meanwhile, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini looks to have lost patience with him in recent weeks as he has left him out of the starting line-up in the last three Serie A games, with Podolski left as an unused substitute against Hellas Verona and during the weekend's 0-0 derby against Milan (19 April).

But Podolski played down any notion of struggling and said he aims to finish his spell at the Seria A on a high before returning to London.

"It's not a problem for me. I've been in this business of playing football long enough," he said.

"Of course I want to play every game but it's the decision of the coach, he makes the decision and picks the first XI and when he thinks the players on the pitch are better than me or in better form than me then they have to play.

"'I'm ready, I'm fit, I want to play because a derby is always a great game and it's for these types of matches you play football. I'm here now to finish the season then I have two games with the national team, then we will see."