Despite recent talk that linked Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski with a move back to Germany in a deal that would see Schalke starlet Julian Draxler move the other way, or even the fact that while in Germany to see his former team Cologne win promotion back into the Bundesliga Podolski talked of a possible move back home:
“The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world and therefore, in principle, is always interesting,” Podolski told Transfermarkt.
“In the Bundesliga, my thoughts naturally turn first to [Cologne]. That is much more than a club for me, this is my home.
“Maybe I’ll return one day; that is, for me, always an option and matter of the heart.
“I would also like to meet my Arsenal contract. But as I said, yes, you never know in football.
“Sometimes everything happens very quickly.”
Despite the fact the 28-year-old has often found himself left out of the team this season with the exception of the last few games where he has been in fine form scoring goals the Arsenal boss insists that the German international is going nowhere saying to the Daily Mirror: “I think overall Podolski is happy here. If you look at the number of games he has played, with the number of goals he has scored and the number of assists he has, he is a very efficient player.”
When asked why Podolski was always played out wide even though he seems too much prefer the role of striker Wenger added: “He has over 100 caps with Germany and does not have one cap in the middle. Over 100 caps on the left. You cannot say it is not his job.
“He is happy there. He made a great international career there.”