Lukas Podolski is a quality player, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger leaps to the defence of Lukas Podolski and insisted that he remains part of his plans at Arsenal

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Lukas Podolski has scored 14 goals in his first season at Arsenal Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Lukas Podolski and insisted that the Germany international remains part of his plans despite seeing his Arsenal first-team opportunities limited of late.

Podolski was a second-half substitute as he netted his 14th goal of the season on Saturday to help Arsenal come from a goal down to beat Norwich City and move into third place in the table.

The 27-year-old has only started two games for Arsenal since 30 January, but Wenger insists he has been thrilled with the striker’s impact in recent weeks.

“Podolski was injured when we played at Bayern and won,” said Wenger. “After that, we won at Swansea. Sometimes you have periods like that and I think he can play as a central striker as well.

“I work a lot with him as a central striker at the moment. He is a quality player and when he comes on you can see that straight away. You don’t get 100 caps by luck.

“Honestly he has a great attitude. He never moans, he never has a bad phase, he is always positive.

“I had [Theo] Walcott was on the bench [too]. It’s hard to leave everybody out. Nacho Monreal didn’t play and he played extremely well until now.”

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