Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed the reason behind him allowing Lukas Podolski to leave the club on loan.
The German international secured a six-month loan deal with Serie A side, Inter Milan, earlier this week, and made his first-team debut on Tuesday evening as his new side drew away at league leaders, Juventus.
Speaking in today’s press conference ahead of the weekend matches, Wenger was asked about Podolski and why he made the decision to loan him out, and the Frenchman simply put it down to competition for places and lack of game-time.
“He didn’t get enough opportunities to play – because I knew that, I gave him a chance to go,” the Arsenal manager said.
“Why? Because we have many players who can play in these positions and at the end of the day only 11 can start. When a player of his quality doesn’t get enough games, at some stage too much competition is detrimental to the confidence of the players and their positivity.
“You need the right number and we had too many players in this area. It’s nothing to do with his quality; it’s just down to the fact that we had too many players in the same area.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles