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Arsene Wenger wants to keep Podolski at Arsenal despite reports coming out of Germany that suggest a season long loan deal has been agreed with Bundesliga club Schalke.

Since this rumour first surfaced the German has been on fire scoring two goals in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat of Fulham at Craven Cottage.

“I am pleased for him because he hasn’t started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances,” Wenger told a press conference.

“I am pleased because he plays with a lot of spirit and he can score goals.

“Everybody in the squad loves Lukas and I want to keep him.

“When a player doesn’t play he is not happy and recently he did not always start but if you look at his and Giroud’s goalscoring record it’s very good.”