Reports claim that German ace is headed to Emirates
With speculation mounting over the future of Arsenal’s star player, Robin Van Persie, it comes as little surprise that the London club are looking at potential replacements. Reports from Germany have suggested that Arsenal have agreed a fee of around £10.9 million for Lukas Podolski, currently playing at Cologne in the Bundesliga.
Robin Van Persie is looking more and more likely to leave Arsenal in the summer, with teams such as Milan and Man City supposedly lining up bids for the Dutch star. If he does move, then perhaps Podolski is the perfect replacement. They are very similar in many ways; they are both left-footed, both like to run at defenders and they both have an exceptional eye for goal. In signing Podolski they will not just have signed a player who possesses the attacking quality to score goals, however, they will have signed a player with experience as well. Although he is only 26, he has already managed to make 95 appearances for Germany and play in two world cups.
Robin Van Persie is not guaranteed to leave Arsenal, of course. He loves the club and if he is offered a good enough contract there is a strong chance he might choose to stay. If this is the case then Arsene Wenger may have to change his current tactic, employing a 4-4-2 instead of his preffered 4-3-3. Podolski can play on the left, but is more effective through the middle, similarly to Van Persie himself and so Arsenal may be encouraged to line them up alongside each other up front.
Cologne have not confirmed the deal yet, but it looks very likely that Podolski will complete his move to Arsenal in the summer… a good piece of business by Arsene Wenger.