Wenger says no to Podolski

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied any interest in bringing Cologne forward Lukas Podolski to the Emirates during the January transfer window.

The Gunners are reportedly scouring the market for a striker during the winter window with forward duo Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho set to depart for the African Cup of Nations in January, and newspaper speculation earmarked Podolski as a potential new arrival.

Wenger was rumoured to be keen on bringing in support for in-form striker Robin Van Persie with the aforementioned pair away on international duty, while Chamakh is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club having failed to impress during his short spell in north London, but the Frenchman poured cold water over those claims.

When asked whether he had identified Padolski as a January signing he replied simply: "no".
Wenger remained equally as elusive when quizzed over his plans for January, saying when asked if he planned to sign anyone: "I don’t know yet. That was an honest answer."
The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that representatives from Arsenal will be at Cologne’s game with Bayern Munich on Friday to run the rule over Podolski once more, having already watched him this season on numerous occasions.
The 26-year-old has already refused to extend his contract with Cologne beyond his current deal, which runs until 2013, and has expressed a desire to move abroad, with the Mail reporting an offer of between £10-15 million would have been enough to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in January.
The former Bayern Munich striker has been in excellent form so far this season and has bagged 15 goals in 14 games already, while he is also homing in on Jurgen Klinsmann as Germany’s 5th highest goalscorer, having scored 43 times for his country in 95 appearances.
The Gunners looked to have been encouraged in their pursuit of the Cologne forward after he left the door open to a move to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
"I find it very difficult to imagine a change to another club in the Bundesliga," said Podolski.
"If I leave Cologne, joining a foreign club appeals to me. When I look at the inquiries already received, I am looking to see if the club plays international or Champions League football.”
However with Wenger admitting there is a chance there will be no new arrivals at the Emirates during the January transfer window and Schalke the only other team so far to have declared an interest in him, Podolski's future looks in the balance once more.


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