Arsenal boss insists match-winning hero staying at club

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that Lukas Podolski, who scored a late winner against Anderlecht on Wednesday night, will not be leaving the club this January, Mirror reports.

The Germany international has recently been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates after spending most of the campaign on the bench, but grabbed the injury-time winning goal in the Gunners’ incredible 2-1 fightback in the Champions League group stage fixture against Anderlecht.

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Wenger, who celebrated his 65th birthday, has therefore hailed Podolski and claims that he is still part of his first-team plans.

“We know Podolski can always score,” Wenger stated. “He is frustrated and I understand that of course.

“But he’s important as well and he showed that tonight and he will be important in the coming months. It took him a while to get back to a good physical level [after the World Cup] and now he’s nearly there.

“He was never close to leaving in the summer. He has 115 caps for Germany that is not a coincidence, that shows you the 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.”

Arsenal now have six points from three games and are now favourites with Borussia Dortmund to advance into the knock-out stages.