Arsene Wenger wanted to keep Lukas Podolski, according to his agent.
Podolski is set to sign a three-year deal with Galatasaray, with Arsenal receiving £2.8m for the player.
His agent Nassim Touihri told German publication BILD: “We had very good discussions with Wenger.
“He wanted to keep Lukas, but could give him no regular place guarantee. Therefore, we have agreed to a change.”