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Wenger agrees to let Podolski go

Lukas Podolski (pictured) looks set to leave Arsenal this summer after his agent claimed the Germany international has been given permission to find a new club.

The 30-year-old forward moved to the Emirates three years ago but struggled to hold down a place in Arsene Wenger's side - spending the second part of last season on loan at Inter Milan.

Podolski has been heavily linked with a move to Galatasaray and his agent Nassim Touihri thinks Wenger has begrudgingly allowed the World Cup winner to leave.

"We had good talks with Wenger," Touihri said. "He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That's why we agreed to make a transfer."

Despite moving to Arsenal with a fine reputation, Podolski's chances became limited as Wenger added the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to his forward options.