Arsene Wenger rules out Lukas Podolski exit after Champions League heroics

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rules out a Lukas Podolski exit and praises the German for his Champions League heroics.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised Lukas Podolski for his Champions League heroics and insists that the forward is not leaving the club.

Podolski came off the bench to net a 91st-minute winner as the Gunners produced a remarkable comeback to beat Anderlecht 2-1 in Belgium tonight.

It was the 29-year-old's first goal in a season where the Germany international has struggled for first-team opportunities, resulting in speculation over a January move.

"We know Poldolski can always score. He is frustrated and I understand that of course," Wenger told The Mirror.

"But he's important as well and he showed that tonight and he will be important in the coming months.

"He was never close to leaving in the summer. He has 115 caps for Germany that is not a coincidence, that shows you the quality."

Wenger's side looked down and out when Andy Najar struck on 71 minutes to give the Belgian club an unlikely lead at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

However, Kieran Gibbs pounced with a 89th-minute equaliser, before Podolski completed the turnaround shortly after to spare Arsenal's blushes.

The German is contracted to the Emirates Stadium club until summer 2016.

Arsenal's Polish-born German striker Lukas Podolski celebrates with teammates after scoring during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match Anderlecht vs Arsenal at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Anderlecht on October 22, 2014
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