Mesut Ozil wants Podolski back at Arsenal

Mesut Özil has revealed that he would like Lukas Podolski to return to Arsenal over the summer.

The Germany international has been linked with a move away from Arsenal and is expected to hold talks with Süper Lig outfit Galatasaray next week.

Podolski is currently on loan at Serie A outfit Inter Milan but Roberto Mancini has ruled out trying to sign the experienced striker on a permanent deal.

“The whole team and myself would be happy. He has many friends in the team. He’s a real joker,” Özil was quoted as saying by Goal.

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Podolski will arrive in Istanbul next week for a medical with Galatasaray according to Sport Mediaset.

The 28-year-old striker recently stated that he is considering his options and that he could leave on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

“I cannot confirm anything now. I have a year of my contract with Arsenal left and I have talked to others, I’m open to everything,” Podolski told Sky Sport Italia.

The World Cup winner only managed to score a single goal in 15 Serie A appearances for Inter this season.

Galatasaray won the Süper Lig title for the 20th time on Monday 25 May and guaranteed a place in the Champions League final.