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The German media is reporting that Arsenal have sent representatives over to Germany to scout out FC Koln Striker Lukas Podolski with a view to making a bid for the German International as soon as January.
Arsenal are in the market for another striker, one that is far more prolific and reliable than what they currently have on their books, Robin van Persie apart, they have been linked with Podolski before and it appears that interest has not died down.
There is also the nervousness at The Emirates that even if van Persie extends his contract and remains at the club that they are too reliant on one man up front, someone like Podolski would certainly fullfil the van Persie position either because of injury or in the event that the Dutch superstar is sold.
Podolski is immensely experienced but only 26 years old, he has already represented Germany 93 times and since rejoining FC Koln is averaging a goal every three games despite playing more often as a winger than out and out striker.
If Arsenal are serious in their intentions to sign Podolski they will not get much change out of £20 Million
The good news keeps on rolling – if this rumour is true – for Arsenal fans after their 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the weekend.
Podolski could be the answer to manager Arsene Wenger’s prayers as the German has great versatility and can play out wide or through the middle.
This will provide the Frenchman with options as Podolski could either be back up to RVP or play as a partner.
Wenger could even play Podolski on the left-flank and cause full-backs problems with his pace and direct running.
At £20million the money could be right for Arsenal, after the Gunners boss was priced out of his original target Karim Benzema by Real Madrid.
One spanner that could be thrown into the deal could be the sudden availability of Eden Hazard.
If Wenger is serious about the Belgian – which he appears to be – then he will need to spend serious money to get the winger.
If Lille are knocked out of the Champions League group stage, Hazard could leave France in January and Wenger may need the £20million for Podolski to sign the Belgian.