Arsene Wenger has dismissed claims that German striker Lukas Podolski could be set to leave the Gunners before the end of the transfer window.
Reports earlier this week suggested Podolski could be about to leave the Emirates Stadium, with Schalke, Wolfsburg and Galatasaray all interested in the 28-year-old, with a loan move a distinct possibility.
However following his part in an impressive 3-1 victory over Fulham this afternoon, Wenger was quick to quash any rumours over Podolski's future, after the German struck twice at Craven Cottage.
“Yes. We have had no interest from anybody. No-one has made any enquiries about him," said Wenger when asked if he expected Podolski to stay.
"I’m pleased for him [following his two goals against Fulham] because he hasn’t always started recently, a decision which has been made more for the balance of the team rather than personal performance.
“He’s always high-spirited, he’s a very important player in the team and he can score goals.
“He’s a great strike partner, everybody in the squad loves him and I want to keep him."
Saturday's victory comes as a welcome relief for Arsenal following their opening day defeat to Aston Villa.
After a taking a huge step to Champions League qualification for the group stages with a 3-0 win in Turkey against Fenerbahce, goals from Olivier Giroud and Podolski today, eased the pressure on the manager even further, after criticism for his lack of activity in the transfer market this summer.
But after missing out on a number of players already, Wenger still has his sights set on adding to his squad before the deadline.
“Not before Fenerbahce [in their midweek Champions League tie], but before next weekend possibly," said the Arsenal boss when asked when they could announce any deals.
“I’m not the only one who can decide [when the signings are secured], but we’re in the market.”
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