Great news for all the gunners , Arsenal Football Club yesterday was delighted to announce that a deal was agreed for German international striker Lukas Podolski on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.
The Polish-born attacker will team up with the Gunners in the summer ahead of the 2012/13 season from Bundesliga side FC Cologne, where he has been in fine form this season, netting 18 times in 28 league appearances.
The news has been officially announced with Arsenal.com confirming the same.
Few reactions on the deal have already come up..Starting with Wenger who was quoted saying
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas 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 are looking forward to watching Lukas contribute at the European Championship over the summer, a level where he has already made 95 caps at the age of 26. That is a phenomenal record and just shows his quality as a player.”
Podolski was also quoted saying,
“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.
“I am looking forward to becoming an Arsenal player, but at the moment my focus is with my current club, FC Cologne. I will give everything I have until the end of season to make sure the team finish as high as possible in the Bundesliga. There will always be a place in my heart for FC Cologne.”
Arsenal team mates also welcomed the move with Wilshere was the 1st one to tweet,
“Great to hear we have signed Podolski….great signing! Top player! To have that many appearances for Germany you have to be half decent!”
Favorite line up for the next season:
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Arsenal team looks formidable with his appearance and he will add much needed support to RVP.
Isnt this a killer starting 11?
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