Wenger – Arsenal are planning to keep Van Persie (and Podolski can play on the wing)

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke about the possibility of transferring the prolific German forward Lukas Podolski, but according to the Frenchman the deal is still far from being completed.

Wenger also felt the need to say that if the German striker will join it won’t be because they want to have a replacement for Arsenal club captain Robin Van Persie.

“Our plan is, and I will not comment further on that, to keep Robin van Persie even if we buy any player,” said Wenger.

“He’s (Podolski) a good football player, above all. He can play for us because he can play central, play right and play on the left. He has 96 caps for Germany and is 26 years old, which is the best age. He’s available at a reasonable price, if we can reach an agreement, but at the moment we’re nowhere near.

“He is a good attacker, a sharp player.

“He is not just a player who makes and scores the goals, he is also a team player and that’s what I really like.”

Podolski made it clear that he wanted to leave Koln after he made a few bad statements regarding the club, so he’s highly likely to join the Gunners when the summer transfer window will crack open.

Do you think he’ll be happy to play on the wing with RVP in the centre?