Lukas Podolski claims falsity of report detailing his discontent with Arsenal

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Arsenal forward Lukas olodolski has hit back at a report from the Daily Mirror that cited he was at odds with his current club.

Supposedly, the German international, dealing with a “tight groin”, missed the Gunners’ New Year’s Day clash against Southampton, in which Arsene Wenger saw his team fall listless, 2-0, to the Saints.

The Mirror asserted that Podolski, who hasn’t seen a great deal of first-team minutes (only 39 starts) at the Emirates, angrily left the practice pitch and withdrew from match day on purpose, so that he may force a move to Inter Milan.

Podolski called the story a fabrication on Twitter, stating that he never was actually on the practice field because he was receiving medical attention.

“Here ‘The Mirror’ have tried to make a story out of nothing. I find it incredible that newspapers are allowed to print pure lies to get people’s attention.

“In order to ‘storm’ off the pitch you have to actually be on the pitch in the first place, I spent the whole session inside with medical staff. It seems it is ‘The Mirror’ who stormed to the keyboard too quickly.

— (@Podolski10) January 1, 2015

To back up Podolski’s view, Wenger called the link to Serie “a joke” because “Inter Milan is not serious”, according to BBC Sport.

After arriving at Arsenal from FC Cologne for a £10.9 million ($16.98 million) fee in 2012, Podolski has scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for the Gunners.