Emirates Stadium boss
Reports from This is Futbol suggest that Arsenal have seemingly more or less completed the signing of two top notch additions to their Emirates Stadium squad.
Arsene Wenger is said to have closed the deal to bring Koln attacker Lukas Podolski for a fee in the region of £10.9m and the Polish born German international will add a much needed goal-scoring alternative to Robin Van Persie that can help to share the striking load with the Dutch international.
The 26 year old has been in fine form this term, netting 16 goals despite the fact that his side is fighting to avoid the drop, and the addition of a player with almost 100 national team caps will add some experience to a squad that could do with a better balance of youthful players and established ‘stars’.
This source also suggests that Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen is also likely to move to the North London club after boss Frank De Boer practically admitted that he is likely to lose the Belgian international, who used to partner Gunners man Thomas Vermaelen at the Amsterdam club and is a national team compatriot of the hard working Arsenal defender.
The £10m rated 24 year old is able to effectively fill the centre back and defensive midfield roles and is the type of adaptable talent that Arsene Wenger likes to populate his squad with.
Having seen his Arsenal side recover from a woeful start to the season and push on with a terrific run of Premier League form, Arsene Wenger may feel that his current squad is not far off being able to challenge for major honours and the signing of this pair would greatly assist such an aim.