Wenger: Inter want Podolski? That is a joke

The striker has spoken of his desire to play more first-team football at Arsenal on multiple occasions, but the manager insists he wants to keep him at the club

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described Inter’s interest in striker Lukas Podolski as a “joke”.

The German forward has been a peripheral figure for the north London club this term without a Premier League start to his name, and has previously made clear his desire to play more first-team football.

While Wenger has constantly played down talk of the World Cup winner leaving the Emirates Stadium, Inter coach Roberto Mancini confirmed that Podolski was one of the players he is interested in.

“That is a joke. Inter is not serious. They talk, there is only talk,” told reporters.

“He’s a player of Arsenal 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.”

Asked whether Podolski would still be an Arsenal player following the transfer window in January, Wenger added: “I hope so, yes.”

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