Arsenal Boss Rules Out Sale Of ‘Match Winner’ Lukas Podolski

Arsenal are keen to keep hold of striker Lukas Podolski…

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the sale of German forward Lukas Podolski in the January transfer window, after the World Cup winner scored the crucial winning goal against Anderlecht.

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The 29-year-old struck just moments after Kieran Gibbs had drawn the Gunners level against their Belgain opponents, with the 2-1 win all but ensuring the club’s progress to the knockout round of the Champions League.

Wenger, who celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday, way quoted in the Daily Mirror saying: “We know Poldolski 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.

“He was never close to leaving in the summer. He has 115 caps for Germany that is not a coincidence, that shows you the quality.

“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.”

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