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Lukas Podolski did not enjoy a fruitful spell on loan at Inter Milan last seasonReuters

Lukas Podolski is set to end his career as an Arsenal player after reportedly agreeing a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Podolski has not quite been able to set the Emirates alight as much as everyone expected since making his move from FC Koln in the summer of 2012.

The Germany international spent the second half of last season on loan to Inter Milan, but after failing to make an impact in Italy, the loan move was not made permanent.

However, an exit from Arsenal was always on the cards, considering the wealth of attacking talent at Arsene Wenger's disposal, and it looks like Galatasaray will be the team that Podolski plays for from next season.

Confirming the move to Turkish website Cumhuriyet, Podolski said he is looking forward to playing for one of the biggest clubs in the country.

"I want to go, I have agreed a move to Galatasaray," Istanbul-based Cumhuriyet quoted Podolski as saying. "I really want to wear the uniform of Galatasaray."

The fee quoted in the report is just €3million (£2.1m) which does seem quite low for a player of Podolski's ilk, even if the Germany international only has a year remaining on his current contract with Arsenal.

However, Arsenal will be keen to get the £100,000 a week wages that the Germany international currently earns off their books, which could be a reason why the transfer fee quoted is so small. Arsenal, though, are reportedly looking for €6 million for Podolski.

While Podolski brought a lot of social-networking skills to the Arsenal squad, at the end of the day, it was pretty clear Wenger did not trust the forward enough to play him as a central striker. The 30-year-old was also not consistent enough, in more ways than one, while playing from the left either, even if he kept showing just how lethal that left foot of his is.

With Alexis Sanchez making the left-forward position his own at Arsenal, Podolski would have seen his chances limited and the priority for most players over 30 is to play as consistently as possible.

Arsenal are also expected to bolster their frontline, which, again, would have pushed Podolski further down the pecking order.

Wenger is also expected to sell/loan the likes of Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo this summer, with Benfica and Real Sociedad looking like the most likely clubs for the former, who spent the second half of last season on loan to Villarreal.

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