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Official: Poldi Is A Gooner

Official: Poldi Is A Gooner

Arsenal have confirmed one of the worst kept transfer secrets in football by officially announcing the signing of German international striker Lukas Podolski. The Polish born striker came through the ranks at Koln F.C. before securing himself a big move to Bayern Munich in 2006, following a World Cup campaign that saw him score three goals for Germany. Things didn`t really work out for the young Podolski in Bavaria, so he returned to Koln in 2009.

Despite a campaign in which Koln have fought relegation, Podolski has netted 18 times and registered 6 assists in 30 appearances. After months of speculation, the signing was announced by both Koln and Arsenal- who typically have gone with the "undisclosed fee on a long term contract" line. Podolski has 43 goals in 94 Germany appearances and turns 27 in June. He`ll join international teammate Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal squad.

With Marouane Chamakh so far off the boil he`d struggle to recognise a kettle and Park Chu Young presumably preoccupied with cone duties on the training ground, Arsenal had tried to buy Podolski in January to make up their striker shortfall. Given their perilous Bundesliga position, Koln were insistent he stay till the season`s end, leaving Arsenal to resurrect Thierry Henry`s Arsenal career briefly. But now the London side officially have their man.

Arsène Wenger said: "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."

The man himself had this to say; "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."

Welcome to Arsenal Poldi. Just be sure that the expectation created by the Arsenal careers of Chamakh and Park doesn`t crush your gentle spirit. LD.



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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday April 30 2012
Time: 2:57PM

Comments

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Good to have another strong player with a howitzer of a left foot at the club. Gervinho and Arshavin haven't made the left forward role at the club their own and Podolski has the experience to play in that position and hopefully improve on our current options. He is also good cover for RvP if/ when unavailable. Securing the deal before the Euros was a good idea as well.
Deltaforce
30/04/2012 15:19:00
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Good move by the club to move so early for such a good player. Things did need shaking at the club and I feel Poldi will provide that; on the contrary, Delta, I see Gervinho getting better in his 2nd season at the club and staking a claim for the 1st team shirt. It is Theo who will have to be concerned while the Ox continues his education. I think it is going to be an interesting 2013 season.
Naijagunner
30/04/2012 15:35:00
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Scored a superb goal last weekend.
Sajit
30/04/2012 15:39:00
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Well pleased with this, let's sort out more business as well pls Arsenal
shewore
30/04/2012 16:21:00
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Considering how poor The Forehead was at the weekend its a great signing!
Galway Gooner
30/04/2012 16:21:00
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Willkommen, Lukas! Very pleased with a nice solid signing, before the summer even starts! This is a bit more like it- keep it up, Arsenal :-D
julieloveshenry4ever
30/04/2012 16:54:00
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I thought, considering his recent form, it was a much better & promising performanceby Gervinho on the day. He just lacks composure on the final ball/decision which gets cured with time.
Naijagunner
30/04/2012 16:55:00
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& bottle....
shewore
30/04/2012 16:59:00
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Expectation will be the thing. It sounds like Poldi thrives on love so let's hope that's what he gets from our restless fans! Assuming RvP stays it would be a great thing for him to share the scoring burden rather than have it all on his head.
Wyn Mills
30/04/2012 17:08:00
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Superb signing! Already our summer is better than last season and the season hasn't even finished yet. If we can get one or two more signings of this stature done before the Euros kick off I'll be very very happy.
Rocky7
30/04/2012 21:08:00
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