Arsene Wenger today seems to have ruled out the possibility of Lukas Podolski leaving the club.
The German international seemed to be on his way out, with reports suggesting he’d agreed a deal with Wolfsburg, and that arrangements between the clubs were almost complete.
However, in the wake of Olivier Giroud’s injury, the manager seems to have changed his mind, telling today’s press conference, “Podolski is in the squad tomorrow and will stay with us.”
Whether that’s for the duration of the season remains to be seen, but in the very short-term it seems sensible given the task at hand tomorrow night.
The Frenchman refused to be drawn on Giroud’s injury, saying an announcement would be made tomorrow, but admitted it has the potential to be long-term and called the situation ‘sad’.
Whether Podolski staying with the squad also affects potential transfers is something we’ll have to wait and see. For tomorrow there’s nothing we can do in the market anyway, so let’s hope the former Cologne man’s desire to impress and make his mark results in a goalscoring return to action.
Yaya Sanogo was in training today but he was also in training ahead of the Everton game and didn’t feature then, so tomorrow’s line-up is still unclear.