Arsene is Arsenal

Lukas Podolski insists his former club would find it hard to replace Arsene Wenger because “he is Arsenal”.

The 31-year-old forward, who marked his 130th and final Germany appearance with a stunning winner against England on Wednesday, played under Wenger during a three-year spell at Arsenal before joining current club Galatasaray in 2015.

And Podolski believes Wenger, whose future in north London is uncertain, is going to be a hard act to follow at the Emirates.

He told Sky Sports: “I follow nearly every match – when not live, on social media – and I don’t know what’s happened.

“Arsene Wenger is a good guy and a good coach. He built this club from nothing to now, and it will be interesting what happens in the next months.”

When asked whether he thinks Wenger should stay, Podolski added: “I don’t know who the guy is that can replace him. He is Arsenal.”

Wenger, who is out of contract in the summer, has said he has made up his mind on whether he will remain in charge beyond the end of the current campaign but is yet to reveal whether he will sign a new deal.

The Frenchman insists he will remain loyal to Arsenal irrespective of whether he leaves in a matter of months or years.

He told beIN Sports: “My news is that I have no news for you.

“No matter how long I stay I will be committed and completely focused as long as I stay at the club, so how long I stay doesn’t really matter because as long as I’m there I’m completely focused on what is to achieve the best with the club.”

Wenger has also denied he has been offered a contract by Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain.

Lukas Podolski insists his former club would find it hard to replace Arsene Wenger because “he is Arsenal”.

The 31-year-old forward, who marked his 130th and final Germany appearance with a stunning winner against England on Wednesday, played under Wenger during a three-year spell at Arsenal before joining current club Galatasaray in 2015.

And Podolski believes Wenger, whose future in north London is uncertain, is going to be a hard act to follow at the Emirates.

He told Sky Sports: “I follow nearly every match – when not live, on social media – and I don’t know what’s happened.

“Arsene Wenger is a good guy and a good coach. He built this club from nothing to now, and it will be interesting what happens in the next months.”

When asked whether he thinks Wenger should stay, Podolski added: “I don’t know who the guy is that can replace him. He is Arsenal.”

Wenger, who is out of contract in the summer, has said he has made up his mind on whether he will remain in charge beyond the end of the current campaign but is yet to reveal whether he will sign a new deal.

The Frenchman insists he will remain loyal to Arsenal irrespective of whether he leaves in a matter of months or years.

He told beIN Sports: “My news is that I have no news for you.

“No matter how long I stay I will be committed and completely focused as long as I stay at the club, so how long I stay doesn’t really matter because as long as I’m there I’m completely focused on what is to achieve the best with the club.”

Wenger has also denied he has been offered a contract by Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain.