Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger comments on Lukas Podolski

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sings the praises of forward Lukas Podolski, who scored the winning goal against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Lukas Podolski’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation for quite a while, and there are still reports that he could leave.

With the 29-year-old forward struggling for playing time and not quite impressing when called into action, there have been suggestions that the Gunners could move him on in January or next summer.

However, manager Arsene Wenger has always said that he is not willing to sell the Germany international and reiterated that stance on Wednesday.

Following Arsenal’s 2-1 away win against Anderlecht in the Champions League Group D, the Frenchman stated that he did not intend to sell Podolski in the summer transfer window.

‘He was never close to leaving’, Arsenal’s official website quotes Wenger as telling reporters when asked whether Podolski was close to leaving in the summer. ‘He has 115 caps for Germany - that is not a coincidence, that shows you his quality.

‘I think he is a guy you want to have the ball in the box. His shot is fantastic, his accuracy is great and he has very short back lift. He nearly scored before and I know when he comes on he can score’.

Podolski, who has been pretty much a squad player for Arsenal so far this season, scored the winner against Anderlecht in injury time on Wednesday. It was the German’s first goal of the season, and one that will surely enhance his confidence for the rest of the season.

Former Bayern Munich star Podolski is not going to start week in and week out despite his winner against Anderlecht, but he remains a player with quality and one who has the potential to make an impact as a substitute.

Arsenal will need the likes of Podolski to step up if they are to succeed this season. Things are not going too well for Wenger’s side at the moment, but hope springs eternal...

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