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Lukas Podolski Arsenal Deal Finally Signed-Off By Cologne – Report

Lukas Podolski’s much-anticipated move to Arsenal seems to have finally been signed off by FC Cologne, with the German moving to the Emirates in a £10m deal.

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Lukas Podolski’s much-anticipated move to Arsenal seems to have finally been signed off by current club Cologne, according to the Metro.

The news outlet cite sources from Germany, who claim Cologne have now rubber-stamped the transfer with the 26-year-old striker joining the Gunners for just under £10m, although the fee could rise significantly depending on factors such as appearances and trophies won.

Arsenal were reported to have tried to sign the hitman in January, but the player was unwilling to put his place in the German national team at risk ahead of this summers European Championships, so elected to remain in his homeland.

But it now seems as though Arsene Wenger has finally got his man. It’s unclear as to when the transfer will be officially announced by all parties, with Cologne currently in the middle of a relegation dog-fight in the Bundesliga, club officials are understandably being cautious about upsetting their fans further by announcing the departure of their star player.

Arsene Wenger has previously admitting to his interest in Podolski, with the Metro quoting him as saying:

‘Yes [we want Podolski],’ said Wenger.

‘We want to add some offensive strikers, because many times people say we rely too much on Van Persie, which is true, but if we can find world-class players, we will [challenge for the title].’

I, like many fans, refuse to believe transfer stories until they are officially announced but with all the various reports in recent weeks, i think it’s safe to say this one is as close to a ‘done deal’ as you can get. Personally, i think it’s a great signing and although perhaps it’s 12 months too late in my eyes, he will be a real asset next season.

I’m just hoping he’s playing alongside Van Persie and not deemed his replacement!

42 Comments

42 Comments

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  2. Gaphro20

    April 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Poldolski will be a great signing for the gooners

  3. William

    April 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    It is good we r going to get Podoski,Wenger shud now look for Hazard also.

  4. Bilyaminu Tambawal

    April 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Finally the deal has been done, thanks wenger 4signing a great player like RVP, Podolski Welcome to Emirate Stadium, Bst of Luck.

  5. toluxtee

    April 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hey !dats lovely,podoski is the man to sign,I love that moves wenger and I remain gunner for life!

  6. Marvelous

    April 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Wat a signing.bt plz get m’villa, vertongen nd a attacking midfielder.

  7. cele

    April 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    If it’s true? then thk u

  8. Hondeclassic!!

    April 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Yes…Thanks very much Wenger,now focus to signs Eden Hazard,M’Villa and Vergheton.AJAX captain please do xo Arsene Wenger…..We are Arsenal.!!

  9. Sheriff olakunle alejo

    April 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Arsene wenger should put more effort in signing podolski,the guy is a good striker and will able to support van persie. Any amount please arsene wenger on podolski and not only podolski another good striker and right back

  10. Podoskin is great sign for arsenal.i like to see star players in arsenal. We wainting to see our greated sign podoskin in nigeria pre-season.i remain arsenal fans for life till i die.

  11. alfred momoh

    April 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Podolski and van perse combination will be the most potent strike force in the premier league next season. Please Mr. Wenger try to complete the deal as soon as possible. Thanks.

  12. hilary williams ph.D

    April 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    what a gr8t signing,podolski is a gud striker,nd he has done so much 4 fc cologne.we hope 2 welcm him at emirates soon.

  13. Ado usman Birniwa

    April 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Signing podolski is one of my aspire and i m very happy to sign dis guy.

  14. Bolaji hammed

    April 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Asene has done 1 of our wish,pls finish d job wth d signing of m’villa,hazad & vertongen gunas 4 lif.

  15. sekoni azeez

    April 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    aIt is good to have podolski but we still need more player dis comming season

  16. Adeleke Ismail A.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    we don mr wenger 2complet podosik but we need more plays thank arsenal 4live

  17. shamsu

    April 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    tnks wenger good signing podulski remain hazard and vertonghen.

  18. emma

    April 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    i believe is good signing for arsenal,we welcome him ,good luck pody.

  19. Umoh. Ekwo

    April 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    This is good news. We still need a world class central defender and play maker.

  20. Theo

    April 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Aim high coach

  21. Roland

    April 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I belive dis should be a reality nt by mouth asene wenger alway make mouth in signing a best player.

  22. RsdEmirate

    April 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Nice.bt i nd kaka

  23. kingsley s dallah

    April 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Signing of poduski to arsenal will be a welcome idea by wenger.weldon wenger

  24. emordi iyke

    April 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    pls mr wenger tnx 4 pody sining wil ned more lik mvila,harzand.jan vantoge.hennance .tnx gooners 4lif

  25. kingsley s dallah

    April 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Wenger u are the right man for arsenal

  26. Praz Gee

    April 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Good news 4 us,pls prof sign more,thank’s

  27. zack

    April 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    All iam going to say if he plays with v persie at front next season all teams better watch out there will be goals and they will be a pair to scare every team anywhere. premier league batter watch out.

    Come on lukas n persie, show em how its done.

  28. kingsley s dallah

    April 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Poduski come less play 2gether

  29. Abubakar yusuf

    April 24, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Good signing, we need gotze, hazard and vertoghen

  30. Abbey

    April 24, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Wha o that’s a great news 4 all d gunner podoski rvp eden hazard it wil b great wenger pls sign them o

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