Lukas Podolski
Borussia Dortmund's Kehl and Bender tackle Cologne's Podolski during the German first division Bundesliga match in Dortmund. REUTERS

Arsenal target Lukas Podolski has admitted he has received offers from other clubs but maintained he will hold talks with Cologne before making a decision on his future.

Podolski, 26, has been strongly linked with a move to a host of top European sides in recent weeks, but the striker has revealed he is in no rush to make a decision over his future.

"I will talk to Cologne before anybody else and see what they have to say," the Arsenal target told ZDF Television following his side's recent 2-2 draw with Stuttgart.

"Of course I am getting plenty of offers and I expect more of them to arrive to me, to my agent or to my club in the coming weeks, but I repeat: I must first talk to Cologne."

The German international has been heavily linked with a £20m move to Arsenal in January, as uncertainty continues to surround Robin van Persie's future at the club.

Podolski has been frustrated by his side's poor start to the season and discussions over an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2013, have stalled.

When questioned about Arsenal's reported interest, the German international said: "Arsenal are a top club. They have a good team and play right at the top level in England.

"I have become more relaxed about things in general. There is no rush. I will just sit down and discuss things with Cologne and then we will have to see."

Last month, the Daily Mirror claimed Arsenal were weighing up a bid for the former Bayern Munich star in January, as Wenger looks to alleviate the current goal-scoring burden shouldered by Gunners' captain van Persie.

Arsenal were widely reported to have sent scouts to watch Podolski play in Cologne's 3-0 defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach in November, however a source close to the player told the IBTimes UK that there had been no official approach from the club.

"Lukas has a contract with Cologne until June 2013," the source told the International Business Times UK. "There has been no official offer from Arsenal and I will not comment on speculation."