He is a long time target of Arsene Wenger and he finally seal the deal this time, The 26 years old German striker is the product of Cologne youth academy.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said today on Podolski signing that “He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level.He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.We are happy to have made this signing early and we are looking forward to watching Lukas contribute at the European Championships for Germany.He has a phenomenal record and just shows his quality as a player.”
Podolski has capped 95 times for Germany and also spend 3 years at Bayern Munich. He said on his dream transfer to Arsenal that “The move to Arsenal provides a great opportunity for me to gain experience in international competitions at a top European club.I have made this decision not against Cologne but for this great opportunity and the good of my own individual development.This was not an easy decision for me at all, as Cologne, our fans and the city are something special for me.I will always carry Cologne in my heart. We need to pool our strengths now and have to be fully focused on our survival in the Bundesliga.”