Arsene Wenger spoke about many things in the pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal playing away at West Brom in the early Premier League kick-off tomorrow. And as well as admitting that he was looking to bring at least one defender into the The Gunners squad, the Frenchman was asked specifically about the future of Lukas Podolski at Arsenal.
As reported by Arsenal.com, Wenger was asked about whether any clubs had made enquiries about the German international striker, claiming that Podolski himself had said that Wolfsburg were interested. But the Arsenal boss denied this outright and said that no one had enquired after the 29-year old.
Wenger also went on to declare that he was not going to sell Podolski in January while also praising him for his hard work and great attitude in training, suggesting that the forward’s time would come on the pitch as well. With the Gunners having so many forward options, especially in wide areas, with Walcott, Alexis, Chamberlain, Welbeck and more, it looks like Podolski will just have to be patient.
Wenger said, “I have good connections with Lukas and we talk about the situation. He faces big competition on the flanks and basically that is the consequence of him not getting the number of games that he wants. He has an outstanding attitude and he works very hard in training. Our job is just to be ready when you are needed for the club and he does that very well.
“I have had no enquiry about Podolski from anybody.”
I am not sure if that is really good enough for the German striker and I think he will be pushing for a transfer in January if he has not been used a bit more by the boss between now and then.