Arsene Wenger has told Lukas Podolski he is still wanted at Arsenal after the German was linked with a return home.

Podolski marked his first start of the season with two goals in a 3-1 win at Fulham just hours after it was reported he could join Schalke on loan.

The striker was substituted more than any other player in last season's Premier League and his omission from the side for Arsenal's opening two games this term led to speculation of a move.

But after watching his side secure a first league win of the campaign at Craven Cottage Wenger made it clear he wants to keep Podolski.

He said: "I am pleased for him because he hasn't started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances.