Arsenal latest: Including Podolski and Chalobah

News and gossip from the Emirates Stadium.

German international Lukas Podolski has insisted he has no desire to leave the club this summer. The forward only arrived at The Emirates from FC Koln in the summer of 2012 but amid reported interest from Italian champions Juventus his standing at the club has been called into question.

He has also found himself linked with a move to La Liga side Atletico Madrid after not playing 90 minutes for the entire season.

However Podolski admitted the interest is flattering - but that he was enjoying his time in London and had no desire to move on.

Arsenal are not ready to give up in their pursuit of on-loan Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah; despite talk of his parent club Chelsea wanting to offer him a new deal.

The England under-21 international has been integral to The Hornets promotion push this season and that has seen envious eyes lay on the midfielder.

Arsenal feel they could persuade him to jump London ships with the promise of first-team football; something he is unlikely to receive at Stamford Bridge next season.

Arsenal are keeping a very keen eye on QPR’s relegation scrap as they look to potentially benefit from any fire-sale at Loftus Road should they get relegated to the Championship.

It is being rumoured that a double swoop for Chris Samba and Loic Remy could be on the cards if Harry Redknapp cannot prevent relegation; despite the pair only arriving at the club in January.

Arsenal are in NextGen action from 19:00 tonight when they take on CSKA Moscow at The Emirates. A record NextGen attendance is being anticipated for the game in North London with over 6000 tickets confirmed sold as of yesterday.

If they can beat the Russian side it will mean a semi-final matchup with Chelsea in Como at the end of the month.

Stuart Pearce is readying to call-up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for this summer’s European under-21 Championships in Israel - to the dismay of Arsene Wenger.

Wenger would have hoped the former Southampton player could have got a rest this summer after playing in Euro 2012 for the senior England side last year.

But Pearce is keen on taking his best possible squad to Israel with hope high that the team can come away with the trophy.

Finally and the name Kevin Strootman has popped up in the Arsenal rumour mill once again. The PSV Eindhoven midfielder has admitted he would like a move away from the Eredivisie this summer and considering chief scout Steve Rowley has reportedly watched him before his name will continue to be linked with The Gunners.

What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal on the 25th March 2013?

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