Arsene Wenger comments on Joel Campbell’s future, explains Lukas Podolski’s situation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks about Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions that Joel Campbell could be let go in January.

The 21-year-old striker has struggled for playing time so far this season following his return from loan in the summer transfer window.

A number of clubs have been linked with a loan move for Campbell, including Southampton and Inter Milan, but Wenger has insisted that the Costa Rica international is not going anywhere.

“Campbell will stay with us,” Arsenal’s official website quotes the Frenchman as saying.

Another Arsenal striker who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium is Lukas Podolski.

The Germany international himself has stated on more than one occasion in recent weeks that he wants to play more and is not happy with his current situation.

On Tuesday, Podolski started the Champions League Group D clash against Galatasaray in Istanbul and scored two goals in the 4-1 win.

“It is a competition for places that is difficult,” said Wenger. “I had (Danny) Welbeck, (Alexis) Sanchez and (Olivier) Giroud at home and you can only play a certain number of strikers.

“He came back later from the World Cup but he is now coming back to a very strong level.”

Campbell’s current contract with Arsenal runs out in June 2016, and so does Podolski’s.

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