Lukas Podolski quits Cologne to join Arsenal

Posted on by SoccerPunter

German international striker Lukas Podolski will leave Cologne for English Premier League side Arsenal at the start of the 2012/2013 season, the German Bundesliga club announced on Monday.

The 26-year-old – capped 95 times – joined struggling Cologne from Bayern Munich in 2009.

No details of the transfer were given by Cologne who are 16th in the Bundesliga, however press reports estimate the fee at 13 million euros.

“This transfer gives me the chance to play at an international level in one of the top European clubs,” said Podolski. “This wasn’t an easy decision for me because the club, the fans and the city really mean a lot to me. Cologne will always remain in my heart.”

Podolski, who has played 180 matches and scored 86 goals, will join Germany teammate Per Mertesacker at Arsenal.

Meanwhile Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked forward to utilising Podolski’s experience in the bid to end the Gunners’ trophy drought.

After a seventh successive season without silverware, Wenger is keen to add more experience to his youthful team and believes Podolski will add knowledge and class to his forward line.

“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas Podolski and see him as an important part of our future,” Wenger said.

“He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level,” the Frenchman added.

“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.”

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on Hamburger SV vs Nürnberg
2 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on Hamburger SV vs Nürnberg
2 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on Hamburger SV vs Nürnberg
2 minutes ago
Unknown cena posts a Half Time / Full Time tip on Porto vs Farense
2 minutes ago
Unknown cena posts a Half Time Result tip on Porto vs Farense
2 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on Pisa vs Virtus Entella
6 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on Pisa vs Virtus Entella
6 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on Pisa vs Virtus Entella
6 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on SPAL vs Cremonese
6 minutes ago
Unknown TonnyBankia posts a Asian Handicap tip on SPAL vs Cremonese
6 minutes ago
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Membership
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips
 

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Arbitrage

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.

Livescore

Livescore

Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.