Lothar Matthaus: Lukas Podolski cannot keep blaming others for lack of playing time
Lothar Matthaus has criticized unsettled Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, insisting that the Germany international cannot keep "blaming others" for his lack of playing time.
Podolski – who is yet to start a Premier League game this season – has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates in recent weeks, with Arsene Wenger hinting on Sunday that the former Koln star could leave the club in January.
However, Matthaus believes Podolski should accept his position on the bench and bow to the Gunners’ wishes, with his contract set to run until 2016.
"What Podolski seeks is not important," Matthaus told the Hamburger Morgenpost. "What matters is what Arsenal want. There he has a contract to fulfill.
"In Bayern, he fled. The only club where he was a regular player was at Koln. You cannot always blame others if things go wrong. There are just others that are better."
Inter Milan are believed to be interested in acquiring Podolski, who has repeatedly expressed a desire to play regularly, but Matthaus has also slammed the Italian giants and believes the 29-year-old would be joining a "mediocre club" were he to swap north London for Italy.
"As long as it’s only rumors, we must be cautious. I think that Inter are following more players and that anyone, at this time, could pursue Podolski," Matthaus added.
"From one point of view, Podolski and Inter would certainly fit because both have big names and have had considerable success in the past. It could be positive to resume the pursuit of these successes together.
"But it hurts me to see where Inter is now. They have become a mediocre club, so Podolski would join a mediocre club, although Inter has more economic advantages than other clubs in Italy."