Wenger wants to keep Podolski
Arsene Wenger wants to keep Lukas Podolski at Arsenal after the Germany international was linked with a return to the Bundesliga.
Podolski joined Arsenal last summer from Cologne and he has scored 18 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for the club.
However, he was only a substitute for the Gunners' opening two games of the season against Aston Villa in the Premier League and Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League play-off.
His omission from Wenger's starting line-up had prompted rumours that Schalke were interested in signing the 28-year-old on a season-long loan.
But, after Podolski marked his first start of the campaign by scoring twice in Saturday's 3-1 win at Fulham, Wenger confirmed his intention to keep the forward.
"I am pleased for him because he hasn't started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances," Wenger told a press conference.
"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 Giroud's goalscoring record it's very good."