German international is unhappy at Koln and seemingly open to Emirates Stadium transfer.
Comments made this weekend by long term Arsenal target Lukas Podolski will leave Arsene Wenger confident he can snap up the experienced German international this summer. The 26 year old Koln attacker was reportedly the number one target on the Gunners wish-list in January but a deal to sign the Polish born front-man failed to materialise, leading the North London club to bring in former legend Thierry Henry back to the club.
Podolski has publicly spoken of his disappointment at his side’s inability to deliver on promises made to him on his return to his first professional club, Koln, back in July 2009 and the talented forward may well be ready to call time on his Bundesliga career in search of a possible move to the Premier League, with Arsenal remaining favourites to land the adaptable attacker.
Koln are hoping that Lukas Podolski is ready to sign an extension to his current deal but his comments about his struggling side would appear to suggest this is unlikely.
Podolski is quoted by ESPN as saying
“I was told that a team would be built around me so that we could establish ourselves first in the top eight and then in the top six, I had lots of promises made to me before my move here and I wanted to play my part in achieving these things together.
“[Former Cologne coach] Christoph Daum once said that lots of promises are made, but few are maintained here and I think my situation confirms that. When you see what perspectives were shown to me and what has actually happened in the end, it is disappointing.”
Podolski had a poor first season at the RheinEnergieStadion but last term managed 14 goals in 34 appearances but has hit a rich vein of form this term, scoring 15 goals in 18 Bundesliga starts thus far.
Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer and may be ready to meet Koln’s asking price for Podolski, which is believed to be in the region of £16m, as come the summer he will have just a year left on his current contract and if not tied down to a new deal the former Bayern Munich man’s value will fall dramatically.
Arsenal could well do with alternative attacking options having seen both Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho fail to offer Robin Van Persie genuine goal-scoring support. Wenger may also feel that the signing of such a high profile player could help to convince his Emirates Stadium captain to sign a new deal.
Despite being just 26 years old Podolski has amassed a hugely impressive 95 German national team caps and scored a very healthy total of 43 goals in the process. Wenger may also be attracted by the fact that the Koln man can play in a wide role as well as in an orthodox striking position.