Arsenal round-up: Lukas Podolski tells how he was 'seduced' by Galatasaray

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Arsenal fans, welcome to your midweek round-up.

With European action well underway and the international break a distant memory, it’s fair to assume there are plenty of juicy rumours doing the rounds.

We’re here to tell you we don’t have to just assume, because we know. That’s right, we’ve once again compiled all the latest breaking news for your convenience. Read on below for more.


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Podolski on Gala move

Lukas Podolski’s Arsenal career is probably one that’s best forgotten. The Germany international never really got into his stride with the Gunners, and his exit to Galatasaray this summer was conducted with minimal fanfare.

The forward has now opened up on his move to Turkey, insisting that he was expecting to link up with Arsenal on July 10, only to be seduced by Gala’s proposal from the first moment.

The 30-year-old told how he had received a lot of offers from clubs, but that signing for the Istanbul-based giants was a no-brainer.

"I planned to be joining Arsenal on July 10, but during those days everything went very quickly," Podolski told Spanish newspaper AS.

"A movement of the club and then we agreed. I received offers from many clubs, but Galatasaray's proposal seduced me from the first moment.

"The president and the coach handed me their trust during negotiations.

"Istanbul is a beautiful city, my family is very happy here. I'm going to give the fans of Galatasaray everything I can on the field."

Wilshere injury update

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has offered a positive update with regards to the injury battle facing Jack Wilshere.

The Frenchman revealed that he anticipated Wilshere would be back by Christmas, with the England international now needing surgery to correct a hairline fracture in his left fibula.

The procedure usually has a rehabilitation period of three months, so here’s to hoping no more complaints are found during that time.

Sanchez the key

Last but not least, Wenger has admitted Alexis Sanchez is a key component of his Arsenal side - as if there was ever any doubt.

The Gunners boss described the Chile star as being a vital player because he can both create and finish chances. Sanchez bagged 16 goals in the Premier League alone last term, and could be the difference-maker when Arsenal face Dinamo Zagreb tonight.

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