Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal against Galatasaray during their Champions League Group D soccer match at Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi in Istanbul December 9, 2014.
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Amidst all the rumours and an initial announcement made by Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have officially confirmed the departure of attacker Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan on the club's official website.

The 29-year-old former Bayern Munich man has grown impatient of the limited opportunities handed to him by Wenger in the ongoing campaign despite still being in the peak of his career. He has, so far, made only 2 starts in all competitions.

"Lukas Podolski has completed a move to Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2014/15 season," a statement read on

"The 29-year-old forward has scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Cologne in the summer of 2012."

"This term, he has made two starts and 11 substitute outings for the Gunners, netting three times."

"A World Cup winner with Germany last summer, Podolski became the youngest ever European to reach the 100-cap mark for his country during Euro 2012."

"Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Lukas the best for his time in Serie A."

The Nerazzurri has been given the option to acquire the German international permanently

The German international has been loaned out to the Nerrazzuri until the end of June, but the latter is given the option of acquiring him permanently since his contract with the north London outfit is still due to expire in 2016.

Meanwhile, Inter manager Roberto Mancini is pleased with the development as he now has an additional man upfront to share the scoring load with Mauro Icardi and Dani Osvaldo.

"He is experienced and has a wonderful career behind him," said the former Manchester City overserr.

"He will help us and is not at the end of his career."

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