Twitter: Podolski rubbishes Arsenal exit rumours

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski appears to have rubbished rumours he’s about to leave the Gunners via Twitter.

Podolski has been the subject of intense speculation with reports suggesting that Juventus of Serie A would offer £15 million this summer to give him a way out of North London.

He’s also been touted as a possible target for Borussia Dortmund following the high profile departure of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich and the imminent exit of star forward Robert Lewandowski.

However, he doesn’t appear to be interested after re-tweeting a message which took apart the speculation.

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The reason these rumours seemed to start in the first place relate to Podolski’s status in the current Arsenal squad and the way he has been used since he signed for the team last summer.

Predominantly he has been used down the left wing, to provide extra width while Olivier Giroud has been played through the middle.

However, when Giroud was unavailable at the back end of last season, Podolski played through the middle in his more natural central attacking role.

He looked far more at home in that role, happier and seemed to give Arsene Wenger to give him a problem in terms of who should be the first choice number nine heading into the 2013/2014 Premier League season.

Wenger has never been one for making rash transfer decisions when he hasn’t needed to and Arsenal fans should expect another forward coming in, as opposed to Podolski being forced out.

The speculation will probably roll on until he personally comes out and states without doubt that he is not going to be leaving Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

It does seem unlikely because otherwise it wouldn’t make any sense to re-tweet a series of messages which suggest just that.

If he does leave and he knows where his future lays then it’s extremely deceptive and misleading on his part and he doesn’t seem to be that sort of character, willing to take that much of a risk.

Arsene Wenger is fully aware of his significance in terms of being a versatile attacking option for Arsenal and also as an out and out goalscorer in the current side.

He bagged 16 goals during his first year with Arsenal and he should be looking to hit at least 20 next season as Arsenal strive to try and maintain their top four position under heavy fire from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Are you happy Podolski has effectively confirmed his commitment?

images: © Twitter; Lukas Podolski, © adifansnet

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