Arsenal's World Cup winner ready for Besiktas challenge

Lukas Podolski Germany

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says that he is looking forward to taking on Besiktas in the Champions League tomorrow.

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski’s future may have been speculated about in the press in recent weeks, but it seems that he has his focus firmly on the Gunners' qualifying match against Besiktas tomorrow.

The German World Cup winner has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, but manager Arsene Wenger moved to quash those rumours today.

“Podolski will be available for tomorrow’s game and will stay with us for all the next season,” the French manager said in his press conference.

Podolski had been linked with the likes of Galatasaray, Juventus, Napoli and Wolfsburg in recent times, but he appears to have been retained by the North London club for the 2014-15 campaign.

He will now be hoping to ensure that he is playing Champions League football this season and posted a message on Instagram today saying: “Great to be back, looking forward to the match tomorrow! Good sessions this morning - ready for the challenge!”

Arsenal take on Besiktas tomorrow at the Emirates and know they will have to win, after only managing a 0-0 draw in the away leg of the playoff tie.

The Gunners' form so far this season hasn't been too impressive, with only one victory from their first three competitive matches, and they will be hoping to show signs of improvement tomorrow.

The Premier League giants are the heavy favourites to make it through to the group stage of Europe's elite competition, but they will have to guard against complacency.

Wenger's side's failure to score an away goal in Turkey means that their position is slightly more under threat than it would ordinarily be, and they will need to ensure hat they don't allow too much space in their defence to be exposed tomorrow night.  

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