Lukas Podolski has laughed off the suggestion that he could have joined Schalke in January.
As Arsenal’s pursuit of Julian Draxler reached fever pitch, in the papers at least, there was a suggestion that Arsene Wenger was prepared to use the former Cologne man as a make-weight in the deal.
But Podolski has dismissed that, saying, “It was made up, there was nothing in it. This was confirmed to me by the coach. And I also knew that there was nothing was in it. Hashtag nonsense hashtag notruth hashtag dontbelievethepapers hashtag aha hashtag takeonme.”
The German will be hoping for a start tonight against Manchester United, but with Wenger looking for his team to bounce back after the Anfield result, he’s most likely to start on the bench from where he’s been most effective on the few occasions he’s played this season.
But he’s still enjoying life at the Gunners, saying, “”I’ve not only matured privately in London, but also improved as a footballer. People here respect me, the fans like me. We can be champions. I’m not homesick when I look back, the move was absolutely important and right for me.”
Let’s hope he’s a happy Podolski come May, and that he makes a good contribution between now and then. He’s a player that almost everyone wants to do well.