Wenger quiet on Podolski deal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to confirm reports the club have completed a bid to sign Lukas Podolski.

Reports emerged earlier this week that Podolski had agreed a deal to sign for the Gunners in the summer.

However, Wenger wouldn't comment on the story that linked the striker with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

"I don't have a lot to say about Podolski," he said. "If we sign a player we will inform you."

With 16 goals this season for Cologne, Podolski has caught the eye in the Bundesliga this season.

And, with Robin van Persie often a lonely figure up front, Podolski would offer an alternative option in attack and would be crucial addition in their fight to end their seven-year trophy drought.

The 26-year-old has scored 43 goals in 95 games for Germany and would bring a wealth of experience with him to the Premier League, having featured in two World Cup finals tournaments.

Despite Wenger's own admission that the signing wouldn't be significant in his future, Podolski joining the club could spark Van Persie into signing a new deal with Arsenal, with his current contract due to expire in the summer of 2013.

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