Schalke admit Arsenal striker chase failure

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Schalke 04 tried to sign Lukas Podolski in the summer before he agreed his move to Arsenal.

The Bundesliga side’s general manager Horst Heldt confirmed that discussions were had with the Germany international’s representative, Kon Schramm, but a desire to move out of Germany prompted him to opt for Emirates Stadium instead.

“Of course we researched his situation, his adviser knew about our interest,” Heldt told German newspaper Bild.

“However, It was clear a few days later that Poldi wasn't going to transfer within the Bundesliga.

“Therefore we were out of the race - if there would have been a different signal we would have wanted him.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently praised Podolski’s impact since arriving in north London and has started him in every Premier League and Champions League fixture so far.

Wenger is expected to pick him in the starting XI for the Gunners’ clash with Schalke on Wednesday evening, where a win will be crucial on the road to securing qualification from the group stages.

Podolski has been used primarily on the left of the attacking three, though he started his first Arsenal game as the main centre-forward, and has scored four goals so far.

The former Cologne captain has quickly endured himself to the Emirates Stadium crowd, with his mixture of hard work and quality in the final third.

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