Reported Arsenal target Lukas Podolski has as good as ruled out making a move away from Cologne in January reports

The 26-year-old German international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga, with Serie A side Lazio also credited with an interest in his signature.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a move for Podolski as he looks to bolster his forward line at the Emirates Stadium in the transfer window.

However, any hopes Arsenal may have had in bringing the Poland-born forward to north London in the New Year, have effectively been dashed after Podolski revealed his intentions to make a decision on his future after Euro 2012.

"I have always said that I have not been dictated by the pressures of time when deciding my future," he said. "I do not believe in lightning strikes, I must be clear. I believe that I will see everything in the summer.

"With Cologne, I hope to get as high as possible. I want to exceed the number of goals I scored last season."

With Euro 2012 in mind, Podolski is wary of sacrificing a guaranteed first-team place at Cologne for an uncertain new career with Arsenal.

"With the national team, I want to play in the European Championship in Poland, my homeland," he added. "We are among the favourites and our dream is to win the trophy. We cannot hide."

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