Lukas Podolski's new comments bring clarity to exit rumours

Arsenal forward Podolski was linked with moves to Juventus, Galatasaray and Wolfsburg throughout the summer.

Lukas Podolski has sought to quell the transfer speculation that linked him with a summer exit from Arsenal and to one of a number of apparently interested clubs in Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray and Serie A hopefuls Juventus.

The 29-year-old may have worn the captain's armband while Germany were downed by a 4-2 score against Argentina, but the fact he has made just one substitute appearance in Premier League football thus far this season is perhaps indicative of his bit-part status under Arsene Wenger and why the rumours linking him with a summer transfer began to escalate.

With his latest comments on the situation, Podolski has brought clarity and told Sport BILD: "A move away from Arsenal did not fall through because I had no offers to move.

"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," he said, a reference, perhaps, to the alleged Wolfsburg interest.

“I had a very good conversation with the manager. He has stressed he is putting trust in me and my qualities," he concluded.

Olivier Giroud's long-term ankle injury could have given Podolski - arguably Arsenal's deadliest finisher - increased game-time as he is frequently overlooked for one of the three roles just behind the main striker.

However, the permanent recruitment of former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck suggests the Englishman will be preferred when domestic football returns next week, as Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, September 13.

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