Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described Lukas Podolski signing as an “important part of Gunners future”. The deal that was confirmed yesterday by both clubs was followed by interviews from both, the player and the manager who collectively expressed their delight on the beginning of a new association.
The Gunners have been blamed for being over-reliant on Robin van Persie in attack this season and the arrival of Podolski will ease the pressure on the 28 year old Dutch international. Wenger said:
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas Podolski and see him as an important part of our future. 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’re looking forward to watching Lukas contribute at the European Championships over the summer, a level where he has already made 95 caps at the age of 26 – a phenomenal record and just shows his quality as a player.”
“I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal Football Club and to play in the Premier League. Arsenal is one of the top clubs in Europe, with a huge history. There are many top-quality players at Arsenal and the style of football which the team plays is fantastic.
“I’m proud to become an Arsenal player and am looking forward to playing my first match at Emirates Stadium and doing my best for all the Arsenal fans.
“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.”