Lukas Podolski says he has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer despite speculation linking him with an early Emirates exit.
The German international has had an efficient first year in North London, scoring 11 goals and assisting nine others, but will no doubt be looking to build on his experience after regular playing time tailed off in the second half of the season.
Currently in the USA on international duty, the 27-year-old underlined his future plans to Spox.com:
“I feel very comfortable and I am completely satisfied with my first year in England. I have no intention to leave the club.
Playing down links with clubs in Turkey and reigning Serie A champions Juventus, the striker added that rumours and speculation were not something he can control.
One man who is attempting to quell spurious rumours is Arsene Wenger. The boss has stamped out any suggestion that Bayern Munich (or anyone else for that matter) have a chance of signing Jack Wilshere by stressing that he’s only thinking about adding to his squad, not letting people go.
“We won’t be selling any of our top players this time around and that includes Jack Wilshere,” Wenger is quoted as saying by Sports Mole.
“We’ll be adding at least three significant signings.”
Arseblog News can’t verify the original source of Wenger’s quotes but we suspect the above might have been something said while working as a TV pundit for last night’s Champions League final. No doubt, more will seep out over the course of the next couple of days.
UPDATE – Cheers to @SiuFay for the correction. It has rightly been pointed out that the ‘Wenger’ quote actually came from an unnamed source talking to the Daily Star. We’d have updated this yesterday but we were in the sunshine.