Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 9, 2015
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has disputed claims from Lukas Podolski that he didn't speak to the German before his loan move to Inter Milan.
Podolski claims Wenger didn't say a word to him before his exit, not even saying a goodbye.
"I deny completely. We spoke many times - he had to have my agreement to go out on loan," said the boss.
He also confirmed that two of his key midfield men (Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil) are back in training ahead of the game against Stoke.
Wenger played down his side's favourites tag, but suggested his team do have a good record at home this season.
"Stoke are a good side and are always difficult to play against. We have a good record at home," he said.
"Stoke are always especially motivated against Arsenal."
Wenger confirmed that Yaya Sanogo will go out on loan, with his preference being for the striker to get playing time at a Premier League team, while stressing that Joel Campbell is part of his plans for the future.
"He will go out on loan. My preference is a Premier League club - I want Joel Campbell for future to stay here."
On the subject of another player who could be coming into the club, Isco, Wenger poured cold waters on rumours of a huge offer from the Gunners.
"We have plenty of creative players already."
The boss laughed off a question over Wojciech Szczesny, suggesting he wants to keep everything as in house in the future as possible.
"What happens in our dressing room stays in our dressing room - apart from the fact it doesn't stay there."
Wenger was also asked to give his thoughts on the goings on in Paris, as he's been forced to watch recent atrocities unfolding in his homeland.
"What happened in Paris was absolutely shocking. France is a country with freedom of speech."