"I had no offers to leave" - alleged wantaway Arsenal star reveals reason for staying

Lukas Podolski Germany

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski had been linked with a move away from the club in August, but says he had no offers to leave North London.

Arsenal made one of the most surprising deals of deadline day, bringing Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck to the club in a £16m deal after French international Olivier Giroud was ruled out until the start of 2015 with a broken ankle injury sustained just two games into the season.

Welbeck now joins the attacking ranks at the Emirates Stadium, and will be competing with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo as they all vie for a role up front, but each of them can also play out wide too, offering some flexibility to manager Arsene Wenger.

Another player who fits that bill is Lukas Podolski. The German international featured in just 27 games last season but did score an impressive 12 goals in limited appearances, with injuries and lack of form contributing to Podolski's bit-part role under Wenger.

With first team football necessary for the 29-year-old to keep his place in Joachim Loew's Germany side, Podolski had been strongly linked with a switch to Italy, with Juventus, Roma and Napoli all believed to be interested - but no deal materialised as Monday's deadline passed, and Podolski revealed that it was, in part, because he didn't actually receive offers, contrary to press speculation that he was looking for a move away.

"A move away from Arsenal did not fall through because I had no offers to move," said Podolski. "There have been enquiries from other countries, also from Bundesliga clubs, but I am from Cologne and it would have been tough for me to represent any other German club."

It wouldn't be surprising to see Podolski have a third spell with Cologne at some point in his career, but the former Bayern Munich man is an Arsenal player at least until January - and with Giroud out of action, he could see some more playing time.

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