Backpage Roundup: Podolski Wants Arsenal Stay, Ox Says Three Lions Can Handle Pressure, Cornelius Not For Sale, Gunners Chasing Chalobah and More

Podolski Wants Arsenal Stay

Lukas Podolski has made it clear that he is loving life at Arsenal and has no intention of leaving them at the end of the season.

While still a regular starter, the Germany international rarely gets to finish games for the Gunners these days, and his indifferent form has seen him linked with summer moves to Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

But the 27-year-old striker, who joined Arsenal last summer from FC Koln, says that he feels very comfortable in his new surroundings and is not looking to switch teams at all.

The Sun have quoted Podolski as saying: “Firstly, I cannot help it that clubs are interested in me. Secondly any interest makes me proud because it is a recognition of my performance. It is unlikely I will leave because, at the club and in the town, I feel really comfortable.”

Ox Says Three Lions Can Handle Montenegro Pressure

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has claimed that he and his England teammates can handle the hostile reception they are expected to receive against Montenegro at Podgorica City Stadium on Tuesday.

The hosts currently occupy the top spot in Group H after defeating Moldova 1-0 last Friday but they will drop to second if the Three Lions win in their Tuesday-night’s key clash. While Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that there will be a lot of pressure on his side, he believes such a situation is nothing new for them.

The 19-year-old said: “It is the key game, definitely. It is good to win every game but, with them being top of the group, it is even more important. You can’t look too far into it because you then start getting distracted, and it puts added pressure onto you. We know what we’ve got to do, it’s a pressure game but they are all pressure games for us. It will be hostile but if you look around this squad, the players have experienced hostile environments before at club and international level.

“It is a different challenge for us to overcome but, at the end of the day, it’s a game of football and what goes on inside the white lines isn’t to do with who is outside of them. We will speak about tactics before the game. If we can match them mentally and physically and approach the game in a right way, we’ve got a good chance.”

Cornelius Not for Sale

Rumoured Arsenal FC transfer target Andreas Cornelius’s Danish Superliga club FC Copenhagen have revealed that they don’t want to sell their prized asset this summer.

Cornelius, 20, scored his first senior goal for Denmark last weekend against Czech Republic in a performance which was being watched by scouts from several PL sides including the Gunners’.

While the youngster’s current employers are happy that their player is attracting so many admiring glances, they want to keep hold of him for both his and the club’s benefit.

Sporten.dk have quoted sports director Carsten V. Jensen as saying: “First of all, we are happy on Cornelius’ behalf. I am particularly happy how he handles the situation around him. It’s not easy to keep your focus on your displays when you get a lot of attention.

“Selling players is not in our plans. We are in a phase where both the side and individual players are making progress and the most important thing for us is to prepare the club for the challenges which hopefully will come.”

Gunners Chasing Chelsea’s Chalobah

Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is a shock transfer target for Arsenal FC, according to a report published by The Express.

The versatile 18-year-old has impressed while on loan at Championship outfit Watford this season, and is very highly-rated at Stamford Bridge. He made his England under-21 debut last season and has since established himself as an integral part of coach Stuart Pearce’s set-up.

The glut of superstars at Chelsea means that Chalobah would struggle to break into the Blues’ first-team squad but coach Arsene Wenger has a proven track record of turning talent into world class players and that could lure the starlet to Emirates Stadium.

Jovetic Admits PL Admiration

Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic has confessed that he is flattered to be linked with top English clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester City, and would like to play in the Barclays Premier League one day.

The 23-year-old Montenegrin is regarded as one the best young stars in European football, and while he says he is satisfied with his career in Italy, he admits that the lure of PL would be hard to resist.

In an interview with the Daily Star, Jovetic said: “It sure is nice when you are interesting big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City. It feels good because the English game currently has probably the strongest league in the world. I’m very comfortable in Italy but the Premier League is at the top of the football world – and perhaps the best. We will see what happens in the future.”

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