The Bundesliga side have failed to live up to his expecatations after making the switching from Bayern Munich three years ago, and Podolski is eager to move on this summer with his contract set to expire in 2013.
The prolific forward has a generous 43 goals in 95 caps for Germany, and this season has netted 15 times in 17 Bundesliga starts for Cologne, making him hot property with a cut-price deal inevitable as his side will not want to loose their star man for free the following year.
The 26-year-old has a well known admirer in Arsene Wenger, and the Gunners were linked with a January bid but anything failed to eventuate as the striker wanted to see out the current season with the club that he began his career with.
Podolski told Bild am Sonntag:
I was told that a team would be built around me so that we could establish ourselves first in the top eight and then in the top six,. I had lots of promises made to me before my move here and I wanted to play my part in achieving these things together.
[Former Cologne coach] Christoph Daum once said that lots of promises are made, but few are maintained here and I think my situation confirms that. When you see what perspectives were shown to me and what has actually happened in the end, it is disappointing.
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Each year we try to make progress, we take a new run-up, but then when you end up embroiled in a relegation battle again then it is disappointing. I had hoped for a lot more because there is far more potential here – the stadium and the fans are unique.
But of the people with whom I discussed this concept, very few are still at the club. There is no continuity.
If I were to move, then the way things stand at the moment, I would move abroad. I speak German, Polish, English and Cologne dialect – I think you can get anywhere with that combination.
I am always receiving inquiries and if they had been really attractive, I wouldn’t be here now. But seriously, I will make up my mind no sooner than the summer.
Wenger certainly has some spending to do this summer, and Podolski will be priority number one after a prolific start to his Bundesliga season. Hopefully a deal is wrapped up early on in the transfer window so he can adjust to English life as soon as possible. He has admitted he is interested in Arsenal and will certainly be keen to make the switch to North London as long as the Gunners move quickly to seal the transfer before other suitors have a chance to put in their offers.
With the departures of Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh inevitable, Podolski will be a perfect solution for the Gunners as he can play out wide left, but also up top which will add more depth to the Arsenal front-line. The German star’s presence around the club may well be enough to convince Robin Van Persie of Arsenal’s commitment and ambition for the future, which in turn could lead to the captain extending his stay at the Emirates.