Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will reject any offers for Lukas Podolski this week, with the German striker still very much part of his plans moving forward.
Podolski failed to start in Arsenal's Premier League opener against Aston Villa, but marked his return to the side at Fulham last weekend by bagging a brace.
The German forward finished last season leading the line for Arsenal, with a brace against Wigan Athletic in their final home game of the campaign helping to ensure the Gunners earned a top-four finish for the 16th consecutive season.
Since that run in a central position Podolski has reverted back to a familiar position on the left-hand side, with Olivier Giroud preferred in a lone-forward role.
The forward was linked with a move to Schalke last week after they lost Klass-Jan Huntelaar through injury, but Wenger remains adamant that Podolski will still be at the Emirates when the transfer window closes on Monday night.
He told The Telegraph: "He plays with a lot of spirit and can score goals, and everybody in the squad loves him.
"He is certainly a player I want to keep."
Wenger will be unable to call on Podolski for this weekend's north London Derby at the Emirates, after the former Cologne poacher pulled up with a hamstring strain in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Fenerbahce.
The 28-year-old has scored 18 times in all competitions since moving to the Premier League last summer.
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