Why Podolski Won’t Be Leaving Arsenal This Summer

Lukas-Podolski-ArsenalArsenal have been at the center of transfer news. If it’s not about targets interesting the club, it’s about current Arsenal players that are interesting other clubs. Players that have been linked with moves away from the Emirates are Koscielny (Bayern), Vermaelen (Barca, Napoli, Juventus and Bayern), Gervinho (Lyon), Sagna (PSG, Monaco). It seems the turn of Podolski to linked away. The German ace have been linked with a move away from the Emirates with Galatasaray touted as a possible destination but according to Dailymail, Dortmund have thrown their hat into the ring.

Dortmund are in the market to bolster their attacking options after loosing Gotze to Bayern and with star striker Lewandowski looking set to follow his former teammate to Allianz Arena.

It is one thing to be interested in a player, it is totally a different matter to succeed in luring the player away. Podolski has reiterated his happiness at Arsenal and readiness to stay put at the Emirates and should Wenger be willing to keep him, he won’t face huge opposition.

Podolski signed a 5 year contract with Arsenal, with last season under his belt, he has 4 years left so there isn’t any pressure to walk through the Emirates door. I doubt if Dortmund can offer Arsenal the kind of money that will turn Wenger’s head and make him consider selling the former Koln star.

I know Arsenal have been linked with Lyon’s winger Clement Grenier but it seems the Frenchman will be a replacement for Gervinho rather than Podolski.

The only way Wenger will consider Podolski’s sale is if Arsenal get Fabregas. With Cesc back in the team, Cazorla might move permanently to the left wing while he gets support from Rosicky and Grenier with Fabregas and Wilshere manning the midfield. Even that isn’t a guarantee Wenger will sell him considering the fact that he can play as a striker and should Wenger fail to sign a striker, he might just play Podolski in his preferred central role.

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