Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger today issued what can be considered a hands off warning to Italian club Inter Milan. The club had expressed their interest in signing bit part Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on a loan deal, with Milan manager Roberto Mancini confirming his interest in the player yesterday. But Wenger, in a strong statement, rubbished the rumours and claimed that Inter were ‘all talk’.
The matter of Podolski has been a constant thorn in the Arsenal manager’s side this season. The German World Cup winner has been reduced to a benchwarmer and has hardly been played, despite his strong performances whenever given an opportunity. This has led to questions both from the player and the fans and now it appears that Wenger has finally decided to clear the air.
He stated that he would like to keep Podolski at the club, and by rejecting Inter’s interest this makes it very likely that the German will stay on at least until the summer. The manager is also looking to give him more playing time, since he said that players like Sanogo and Campbell could be sent out on loan. This means that Podolski will get more chances, atleast in Cup games if nothing else.
That [Podolski loan] is a joke. Inter Milan is not serious. It is nothing serious. They talk, there is only talks. I hope (he will be an Arsenal player at the end of January.
He’s a player of Arsenal Football Club and I want him to stay. Apart from that, what is to be professional is that as long as you are somewhere, you give your best to justify your wages and your love for the club.
Offensively we have many options [when everyone is fit], too many to keep everyone involved with the right number of games, that is for sure.
I don’t really doubt [loan deals] in some positions where players need experience. That’s not the case for Podolski but players who need practice because they’re at a very young age like Sanogo is not impossible.
Hopefully this will be enough to convince Poldi to stay on at the Emirates. Wenger also looked to be reprimanding the player a little bit there, with all the talk about professionalism. While it is true that Podolski has been very vocal about is unhappiness, a player of his quality and class can afford to do so. Let’s hope that any and all ill feelings are cleared up soon and the German star stays on and continues to conjure his magic for us.