Wenger adamant Lukas Podolski will not leave Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished claims that Lukas Podolski will be allowed to leave in January and insists there are no plans to let him go, according to Sky Sports.

The Germany international is yet to start a Premier League game this season and has seen very little game time, leading to suggestions from the forward that he could seek a January exit from the club.

Napoli amongst others appear interested in the forward, and when Podolski was questioned about his future did not rule anything out by claiming “anything is possible nowadays”.

Arsenal have an abundance of attacking options ahead of the German, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium back in the 2012 summer, with the likes of recent signings Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez selected ahead of him.

But Wenger has urged his player to stay and fight for his first team place, with a reluctance to reduce his attacking talent.

He said: “It is not established at all that he will leave at Christmas.

“It is me who sets the price and (the reported deal) doesn’t correspond at all to his price. He is not for sale and there is no offer.

“Podolski plays a position where there is a big competition. He came very late from his holidays [after the World Cup in the summer], so he started after his team-mates and was not good physically.”

After making 69 appearances in all competitions in his first two seasons with the club, Podolski has just six to his name this campaign.

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