Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
… and by the looks of things, Podolski is already making friends at the Emirates.
The 26-year-old German forward has landed in London following a difficult Cologne campaign in which his boyhood club were relegated. In fact, the last images most will have seen of Podolski were that of the striker being hauled away by security staff as the Cologne fans set fire to their stadium after succumbing to the drop.
Now Podolski has has arrived at Arsenal, and the left-footed attacker has begun outlining how he expects his time in North London to pan out.
“Arsenal are a great club, here in Europe and all over the world,” Podolski told Arsenal Player. “At the time the transfer negotiations started between the two clubs, the decision was made really quickly. I’m now looking forward to the challenge at my new club and cannot wait to start after Euro 2012.”
Across all competitions last season, Lukas Podolski chalked up stats of played 40, scored 19 and 9 assists.