Lukas Podolski has taken to Twitter to deny rumours that he stormed out of an Arsenal training session on Wednesday.
The Mirror journalist John Cross – usually a reliable source of Arsenal news – claimed that the German had grown disillusioned with life in north London and was infuriated by Arsene Wenger's refusal to sell him.
Inter Milan reportedly want to take Podolski on loan and the 29-year-old was said to be angry at Arsenal's attempts to block the move. It came as no surprise. Podolski has been a peripheral figure for the Gunners this season and is one of their highest earners with wages of £100,000-a-week.
"I find it incredible that newspapers are allowed to print pure lies to get people’s attention"
However, Podolski has hit back at The Mirror on his Twitter account, explaining in no uncertain terms that he did not leave London Colney but was instead with the medical staff.
He said: "I try not to comment on stories I see in the papers, but when I read something that questions my commitment & love for the club then I must speak up,’ he wrote on Instagram.
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"Here ‘the Mirror’ have tried to make a story out of nothing. I find it incredible that newspapers are allowed to print pure lies to get people’s attention.
"In order to ‘storm’ off the pitch you have to actually be on the pitch in the first place, I spent the whole session inside with the medical staff.
"It seems it is ‘the Mirror’ who stormed to the keyboard too quickly.
"Nevertheless I wish the Mirror a Happy New Year & more luck with correct headlines. COYG#poldi #lies #facts #stormgate."
Staying in north London
Wenger surprised journalists by claiming he had no intention of allowing Podolski to leave despite his high wages and lack of first team football. The Germany international has yet to start a Premier League game but may get a look in at Southampton as Danny Welbeck struggles with injury.
"Podolski is a player of Arsenal Football Club and I want him to stay," Wenger said.