Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking Lukas Podolski with a move away from the club during the January transfer window.Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has yet again dismissed rumours linking Lukas Podolski with a move away from Arsenal during the upcoming January transfer window.

The German forward has struggled to get regular game time this season for the Gunners as the manager has preferred to go with Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Giroud as his first-choice front three and Podolski has had to make do with cameo appearances off the bench.

The former Cologne player is yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season, despite scoring some crucial goals in the Champions League whenever he was afforded some game time.

This has frustrated Podolski and he has revealed that he will chat to the manager about his future during the upcoming transfer window. Reports suggest that Serie A club Inter Milan are favourites to land his signature in January.

However, Wenger has assured the World Cup winning forward that his chance to play will arrive and that he understands his players are unhappy due to lack of playing time.

Tomas Rosicky, another player who has not featured regularly for the Gunners this season, got his first start of the campaign against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day. The Czech Republic skipper put in an assured performance and topped it off with his first goal of the season.

"In every big club you have some players who don't play and they are not happy. If you find players who are happy when they don't play you have a problem. He [Podolski] will play. Rosicky had an outstanding game today and he didn't play for a long time. Our job is always to be ready when you play," Wenger said, Arsenal's official site has been quoted as saying.

The French manager also distanced himself from the many rumours that are floating around in the media in recent weeks regarding the impending arrivals of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings ahead of the January transfer window.

"I don't give any importance to rumours. There was a rumour two days ago in France that I offered £62 million for Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain. Everyday there is a different rumour so I don't give importance to that," the 65-year-old manager explained.