Saying goodbye the club you love is always difficult for any player, but for Lukas Podolski it was like leaving home.
Speaking on our In Lockdown podcast, Podolski opened up about why he decided to move on from north London in 2015.
"There are always some things," Podolski said. "You weren't happy because you're not playing, maybe the coach isn't happy because you're not playing how he wants, maybe he sees another player above you?
"I don't know. I had some games I played very well, I scored goals or played well and the next match I was sitting on the bench again. That's why I started thinking, 'I'm going to have to change this situation.' I was thinking I was ready for Arsenal, I was thinking I was ready for the starting XI or to come on earlier but it was not like that.
"For any reason it sometimes happens like that in football or sport and that's why I decided to move. This is life, this is sport, I didn't want to but I had to because I wanted to play football. I wanted to be on the pitch but I would have loved to stay at Arsenal for a couple more years because I felt really great there.
"The team, the stuff around the team and everyone at the club was so friendly - like a family. Great fans, great city, the stadium - everything! I really enjoyed it but in the end it is like it is.
"I had some talks with Arsene about my situation and I told him, 'I want to play, I want to come on earlier' and of course, he's the coach, he has to decide, he can't promise players a bonus or to always play. No coach gives you that. So I decided for myself to move forward."
Make sure you don't miss an episode by subscribing to 'In Lockdown' now on the following platforms:
Copyright 2021 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.