Arsenal boss keen to keep want-away World Cup winner

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Lukas Podolski is still part of his plans despite the German forward being heavily linked with a move away this January, Express reports.

Podolski joined the London club for £11million back in the summer of 2012, but has been in and out of the side for the past two seasons.

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And since returning from holiday after Germany’s World Cup triumph during the summer, Podolski has played a bit-part role and made his frustrations known in recent weeks.

But Wenger is keen to keep the 29-year-old, even with the likes of summer signings Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez both fighting for a place up front.

He stated: “It is quite simple, there is no transfer market at the moment. When there is no transfer market, you are all on board – or not on board. It is like that.

“This is a job where you can only be successful if you’re fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all.

“We are all on board to get results, and Podolski will be part of that.”

Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture will be against Hull City this coming weekend.

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