Arsene Wenger has dismissed stories about Lukas Podolski’s unhappiness at not playing much this season, and insisted the German is fully ‘on board’ with the team’s efforts this season.
The #Instagram #Hash #Guru has only made just one start and had three substitute appearances so far in this campaign and this week told RTL that if the situation didn’t change he’d have to consider moving on.
However, when it was put to him at his press conference today, the Arsenal manager said, “It is quite simple – there is no transfer market at the moment. When there is no transfer market, you are all on board or not on board. It is like that.
“This is a job where you can only be successful if you’re fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all.
“We are all on board to have a result on Sunday and Podolski will be part of that.”
Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he’s hoping to do better on his second appearance at Stamford Bridge than his first. Last season The Ox escaped a red card and was part of the team beaten 6-0.
This time around though, he’s determined to play his part in a big Arsenal result.
“It’s a great stadium and it’s another great fixture,” he said. “It’s one that we’ll really be looking forward to. Chelsea are the league leaders at the moment and one of the favourites to win the title this season.
“They are big competition to us so we’ll be looking to go there and make a statement early on in the season. I definitely believe we can.”