Extra: Wenger on Podolski and transfers

Lukas Podolski

Read some extra quotes from Arsène Wenger's pre-match press conference. For more headlines, visit our Digest page.

on Lukas Podolski…
I have good connections with Lukas and we talk about the situation. He faces big competition on the flanks and basically that is the consequence of him not getting the number of games that he wants. He has an outstanding attitude and he works very hard in training. Our job is just to be ready when you are needed for the club and he does that very well.

on whether anyone has enquired about him...
I have had no enquiry about Podolski from anybody.

on the injury situation changing his transfer plans…
January might be a month when we have nearly everybody back because Koscielny is back in the squad, Debuchy will be back I think in two weeks. We have gone through a period where we are very short but we discovered as well that players have learnt their job well in the centre-back position, like Monreal and he is doing very well now. In January we will of course try to get at least one body in.

on whether Martinez can challenge Szczesny…
He can challenge anybody. We have three keepers who have a battle. Ospina is now coming back, Szczesny is the No 1 and Martinez did well every time he played.

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