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Wenger denies interest in Podolski

December 16, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rejected speculation that the club could be about to sign Germany international Lukas Podolski from Cologne.

Lukas Podolski
GettyImagesLukas Podolski is considering his future at Cologne

The Gunners are in need of a back-up to first-choice striker Robin van Persie as Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are absent in January as they attended the African Cup of Nations. However, with Park Chu-Young the only recognised striker in the first-team squad, Wenger is not looking to bring anyone else in.

Podolski, who could cost as much as £15 million, has 18 months left on his contract at Cologne and is ready to leave after the club's failure to challenge for Europe. But Wenger told a press conference that he was not in for the 26-year-old.

Meanwhile, South Korean captain Park maintains he is ready to take his chance whenever he can.

"All my team mates are great players," Park told Arsenal Player. "I do not expect a chance for me because a player is unavailable. I will do my best to prepare myself to take any random chances at any time.

"I am new to this club and to the Premier League. I am trying hard to learn more and more. I don't worry about getting used to everything or anything. My team-mates are nice to me and I do not have any problems at all regarding training."