Wenger calls for Podolski to be committed to Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Lukas Podolski has no choice but to be committed to the club despite his unhappiness at losing his place in the team, ESPN has reported.

Podolski has made five appearances for the Gunners so far this season but only one of which was from the start, the Capital One Cup defeat at home to Southampton. The Germany international went public with his discontent last week, hinting he would look for a way out of Arsenal if the situation doesn’t change.

But Wenger replied that Podolski is still part of his thoughts, suggesting that even if he wasn’t, it’s a moot point as the transfer window doesn’t open for another few months.

“It is quite simple, there is no transfer market at the moment,” Wenger said. “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.”

Podolski has been at Arsenal since 2012, making 74 appearances and scoring 28 goals for Wenger’s side.

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