26 Aug 2014

Lukas Podolski staying at Arsenal - Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that forward Lukas Podolski will not be sold during the current transfer window.

The German international, 29, has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with Juventus and Galatasaray both reportedly interested.

Wenger has included the player in his squad for Wednesday's Champions League qualifying tie against Besiktas at the Emirates - the first leg finished 0-0.

"Podolski is in the squad for Wednesday and will stay with us," said Wenger.

Podolski, who was a member of the Germany squad who won the World Cup in Brazil this summer, has yet to make an appearance for the Gunners this season.

However, an injury to Olivier Giroud, who could be out for up to three months after damaging his ankle in the 2-2 draw against Everton on Saturday, leaves Podolski as one of four fit forwards at the club along with Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo.

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