Arsène Wenger: Lukas Podolski is a key player and he won't be leaving Arsenal.

Arsène Wenger has admitted Lukas Podolski has never been close to leaving Arsenal.

The World-cup winner came off the bench to score a crucial stoppage-time winner to help Arsène Wenger's side triumph with a 2-1 win at Anderlecht in the Champions League last-night.

The German striker has been limited to first-team action this season, increasing speculations about the 29-year-old`s future at the Emirates.

But the Arsenal boss has come out to elucidate by saying Podolski has an important role to play at Arsenal in the nearest future.

“He was never close to leaving. He has 115 caps for Germany – that is not a coincidence, that shows you his quality,” Wenger told reporters.

“I think he is a guy you want to have the ball in the box. His shot is fantastic, his accuracy is great and he has very short back lift. He nearly scored before and I know when he comes on he can score.”

The Frenchman continued: “We know Podolski can always score. He is frustrated and I understand that of course.

“But he’s important as well and he showed that tonight and he will be important in the coming months. It took him a while to get back to a good physical level [after the World Cup] and now he’s nearly there.”

Written by @Chukkymufc


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