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Wenger wants to keep Podolski

Arsene Wenger has told Lukas Podolski he is still wanted at Arsenal after the German was linked with a return home.

Last Updated: 25/08/13 at 07:38 Post Comment

Lukas Podolski: Still wanted at Arsenal

Lukas Podolski: Still wanted at Arsenal

Podolski marked his first start of the season with two goals in a 3-1 win at Fulham just hours after it was reported he could join Schalke on loan.

The striker was substituted more than any other player in last season's Premier League and his omission from the side for Arsenal's opening two games this term led to speculation of a move.

But after watching his side secure a first league win of the campaign at Craven Cottage, Wenger made it clear he wants to keep Podolski.

He said: "I am pleased for him because he hasn't started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances.

"I am pleased because he plays with a lot of spirit and he can score goals. Everybody in the squad loves Lukas and I want to keep him.

"When a player doesn't play he is not happy and recently he did not always start but if you look at his and Olivier Giroud's goalscoring record it's very good."

Wenger would not be drawn on the possibility of signing Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye but said new recruits could arrive before Sunday's derby against Tottenham.

"Before next weekend? It's possible. Honestly, I'm not the only one that can decide that because the clubs who sell the players (are involved too).

"We are on the market, you know that. I know you expect news from us. We will try to give you some but at the moment, nothing to announce."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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