Arsenal boss comments on Lukas Podolski transfer situation

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is keen on more first-team opportunities.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told reporters yesterday that the club have yet to receive any enquiries for striker Lukas Podolski despite speculation mounting over a possible January switch.

The German international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2012 and became a regular in his debut season at the Emirates Stadium, appearing in 33 Premier League matches and scoring 11 goals.

Since then, his appearances in a Gunners shirt have been few and far between as a number of attacking arrivals have increased the competition for places at the Emirates.

This season, Podolski has been restricted to just four league substitute appearances and despite his superior goals-per-game ratio he has found opportunities to impress hard to come by.

Speculation has mounted ahead of the January transfer window with reports of interest from a number of Serie A clubs as well as Turkish giants Galatasary.

However, speaking ahead of the Gunners’ clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Wenger told reporters that in spite of speculation the club haven’t received any enquiries for the former Koln hero.

"I have had no enquiry about Podolski from anybody. I have good connections with Lukas and we talk about the situation,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"He faces big competition on the flanks and basically that is the consequence of him not getting the number of games that he wants.

"I think he has an outstanding attitude and he works very hard in training. Our job is that: just be ready when you are needed for the club and he does that very well."

Podolski has represented the Emirates outfit 75 times since in all competitions joining the club, scoring 29 goals in the process.

His use of social media and his interaction with fans has received much publicity and his easy-go, fun attitude has seen him become somewhat of a cult hero in North London.

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