It has been a poorly kept secret that German striker Lukas Podolski will be joining the Gunners next season.
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future” said Wenger. 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.”
Speaking about his move, Podolski said:
“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.”
As I wrote when the deal was first announced, this is a terrific move by Arsenal. Not only do they get an experienced player entering the prime of his career, but by doing the signing early, the Gunners send a message to RVP and Walcott that they will be strengthening the team this summer.