The power of social media in modern day football can never be underestimated, and Arsenal fans will be breathing a sigh of relief after Lukas Podolski took to Twitter to unequivocally deny that he would ever consider joining bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Podolski, whose contract expires in 2016, has rubbished claims that he is leaving for the Gunners, especially for their North London counterparts.
His tweet was in response to the BBC Sport gossip page, who tweeted a link to the rumour sourced from CaughtOffside who were running the 'exclusive' story that Mauricio Pochettino was set to make an audacious £10m bid for the 29-year-old in January.
In a direct reply to BBC Sport's tweet, Podolski said:
"Hell will freeze over before this transfer would happen. #Poldi #aha #AlwaysAGunner #NeverCheatYourClub #AFC #Redarmy"
It is clear where the German's loyalities lie, but there are still questions over where Podolski's future is set with him yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners this season.
He is reportedly growing frustrated at the lack of first team action and it is unknown whether he is happy playing a peripheral role at the club following the arrival of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez in the summer.
And with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott set to return from lengthy spells on the sideline, Podolski will seemingly find his place at Arsenal under even more threat.
Signed for £11m in 2012, Podolski has scored 28 goals from 74 appearances for the Gunners, with 20 of those strikes coming from the bench. He has also enjoyed a successful period with the German national team and was included in Joachim Löw's squad that lifted the World Cup during the summer.
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