Lukas Podolski refusing to leave Arsenal

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has reiterated his desire to stay at Arsenal this summer amid rumours of an exit.

The German striker has found first-team opportunities in his favoured centre-forward position limited since joining the north London club in 2012 and he could be allowed to leave the club.

Last month it was suggested he could be used as bait to lure young and talented compatriot Julian Draxler from Schalke.

However, the 28-year-old insists he made the right choice by joining up with Arsene Wenger and believes the Arsenal fans will be seeing a lot more of him next year.

"As things stand today, I am an Arsenal player [and tomorrow] it won't change," Podolski told reporters.

 "Going to London was the right step. I had the chance to go to a big club and to play in the strongest league in the world. I am happy in the city, in the league, in the club. Those two years have been outstanding for me."

Podolski is currently away training with Germany ahead of the summer World Cup in Brazil, he already has over 100 international caps since debuting as a teenager.

The accurate hitman recently helped the Gunners to their first piece of silverware in nine years after he started in the FA Cup final success over Hull City last weekend.

He was substituted in that game, as has been the case in a number of high-profile games this season.

Nonetheless his record in the Premier League is still impressive. A return of 19 goals from 53 top flight appearances is fairly healthy considering his struggle with injuries.

"If my bad injury hadn't stopped me for almost five months it would have been a better season again," he continued.

"Nevertheless I am satisfied. In the end, I was a regular starter, scored eight goals and had four assists in the league. It's nothing to sneeze at."

Aside from his time at Arsenal, Podolski also had successful spells at Koln and Bayern Munich.

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