Podolski happy to stay at Arsenal

The Germany international striker is satisfied with his 15 goals in a season disrupted by injury and is confident that moving to London two summers ago was the right decision
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski says that he is happy to stay at the club after their FA Cup-winning season.

The German is understood to be one of several players on the edge of the first team who could be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer but feels that he could still do even better in north London.

After two seasons at the club, Podolski is sure that he made the right choice in joining them from Koln and is keen to hang around.

"As things stand today, I am an Arsenal player [and tomorrow] it won't change," the 28-year-old told reporters.

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"Going to London was the right step. I had the chance to go to a big club and to play in the strongest league in the world. I am happy in the city, in the league, in the club. Those two years have been outstanding for me."

Podolski scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for the Gunners in 2013-14 and argues that, if it were not for injury, he would have gone even further.

"If my bad injury hadn't stopped me for almost five months it would have been a better season again," he lamented.

"Nevertheless I am satisfied. In the end, I was a regular starter, scored eight goals and had four assists in the league. It's nothing to sneeze at."

The striker added of their FA Cup triumph: "I am not someone that reduces himself only to the titles he won.

"Lukas Podolski doesn't change just because he won a title but, of course, a title is something awesome - even more if it's in a foreign country and in such an important competition.

"Especially from the aspect that Arsenal hadn't won anything for nine years, this success was something special."