Podolski’s contract is set to expire in 2013 and if he is not released by Koln this coming summer, the club risks losing their prized asset for free at the end of the following campaign.
Reports have already suggested the prolific German has provisionally agreed to join the gunners at the end of the season, and although it is merely speculation at this point it is clear at the very least he will be leaving Koln at the end of this season.
Solbakken said on Podolski according to a translation by Der Spiegel’s website:
Lukas’ decision is important for us all, but also for him. We must respect this.
I know a little more than you. I know a lot, but for me it is important that he has everything under control and can concentrate on the upcoming games.
Podolski is a Koln player at the moment and we know that he will be here until the end of the season. Then we will have to see what happens.
There is no doubt the German would be a welcome addition to an Arsenal team sorely lacking in the striking department, excluding of course Arsenal talisman and captain Robin van Persie. The arrival of Podolski would surely bolster attack and also provide Wenger with a few more options in terms of formation.
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If Podolski were to come how would you fit him into the Arsenal first-team? Would you change up the formation to 4-4-2 or would you slot him out wide in our present 4-3-3 formation in place of Walcott, Chamberlain or Gervinho? Feel free to leave a comment below!