Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that he is extremely happy with the signings that the club has made so far in the summer transfer window. Arsenal have secured the signings of German international Lukas Podolski for £ 10 million, while the French forward Olivier Giroud has also arrived at the club for a similar amount of money. Even though the star strikers Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie have been linked with a move away from the club, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that he cannot be more than satisfied with the purchases that the club has made so far. He has also said that he feels that the club can finally challenge for trophies once again.
It has been seven seasons since Arsenal last lifted the trophy. It has been one of the main reasons for many stars like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to leave the club in recent seasons, while Robin van Persie could be the next major star. However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that players leaving the club is something that is normal and he is going to only focus on the new arrivals. The German international Lukas Podolski is the major talk of the town due to this experience and goalscoring abilities.
“He’s got 100 caps for Germany which is a massive achievement in itself. Giroud is a very good striker as well. He scores goals and brings quality to the side and that’s what we need. You’ve always got to bring in new players and they’re fantastic signings. I’ve met them and they’re both really good lads so I think we’ll get on really well this year and they’ll be really good to play with,” said the Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his debut for the England national team in a major tournament at the Euro 2012.
German international striker Lukas Podolski has said that he does not have the feeling that he should be working hard in order to impress Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The 27-year-old German international recently confirmed his move to English club Arsenal from Koln, according to the Arsenal news website.
He has been linked with a move to a bigger club for many seasons now, but it has finally arrived in the form of Arsenal. Lukas Podolski has the experience of playing for a big team in the form of Bayern Munich, although it did not go too well. Yet, Lukas Podolski has said that he will not playing only to impress Arsene Wenger.
It is expected that the signature of Lukas Podolski will be enough for Arsene Wenger to convince that Robin van Persie can be sold. The Dutchman is entering into the final year of his contract. At 28 years of age, he is not expected to play top-level football for many seasons now. Hence, there is a consideration amongst Arsenal that they could sell the 40 goal man due to the arrival of Lukas Podolski. The 27-year-old is currently on international duty with the German national team. He is currently competing for a place with Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.
“I don’t think I have anything to prove to Arsene Wenger. He has seen me play several times and knows what I can do. I think it is clear that my transfer was no accident and, of course, I’m very glad I signed with Arsenal, and am looking forwards to playing with Jack Wilshere. In fact, what has really pleased me is that Arsenal fans can watch me play in a tournament like this and realise what I’m capable of at the highest level. Very soon I will also show that in London,” said Lukas Podolski in response to the presence of Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always been reluctant to spend big money on established players, but he has now splashed the cash on German international Lukas Podolski. Arsenal recently revealed that they have now agreed a deal with Koln to sign Podolski in the summer for £ 10.9 million. Even though Arsenal might not have paid a huge transfer fee for the player, many have been suggesting that the arrival of Podolski signals a lot of intent from Arsenal. Wenger has once again reiterated at the same fact that saying that the signing of Podolski will be a clue to star striker Robin van Persie that the club is heading in the right direction.
Robin van Persie has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in the summer. It is thought that Manchester City will be making a £ 30 million offer for the player in the summer, who has just one year left on his current contract. As a result, Arsenal will be tempted into selling him just as they did with French playmaker Samir Nasri last summer. However, Wenger reckons that Podolski’s arrival will be a major coup for Arsenal because it not only provides them with the option, but it will also help them persuade van Persie to sign a new contract.
“Great players like to be with great players, so it helps always to get them in. First, we want Robin to stay because he is convinced that we can play for the championship. I believe we have that. We have bought Podolski; our next step is to bring [Jack] Wilshere back, [Abou] Diaby back, then if you look at our squad I don’t feel we are behind anybody else,” said Arsene Wenger after confirming the signing of Lukas Podolski. Arsenal are in a race to finish in the top three right now.
Lukas Podolski looks all set to join Premier league club Arsenal in the summer after it was heavily speculated in Germany that his club FC Cologne have decided to let him leave in the summer.
Lukas Podolski has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe. Arsenal have been credited with having been accepted an offer of £ 10 million for the striker, but of late, the striker has been linked with a move to Italy due to the presence of German international Miroslav Klose. Now, however, Arsenal seem to be back in the forefront for signing the German international after it was revealed that he has agreed personal terms with the London club.
Even though Cologne are unwilling to reveal the details of his transfer, it is thought that they have agreed a £ 10 million fee with the English club. Cologne are currently down near the bottom of the Bundesliga table in the 16th position. Lukas Podolski has already spoken of his desire to win trophies in the remaining few years of his career. The 26-year-old has said that he does not see the ability to win trophies at Cologne. The former Bayern Munich man has been one of the reasons for Cologne staying in the division.
It remains to be seen whether the arrival of Lukas Podolski at the Emirates stadium will mean that star striker Robin van Persie will depart in the summer. The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of next season, which has prompted speculation that Arsenal will be interested in taking an offer for the 28-year-old. However, there have also been suggestions that Podolski will be able to play alongside Robin van Persie next season. Manchester city are linked heavily with making a concrete bid for van Persie in the summer.
Arsenal stalwart Ray Parlour has said that the signing of Lukas Podolski will certainly enable Robin van Persie to become even better. Robin van Persie has can one of the reasons for Arsenal to be challenging for the third position this season after a very poor start.
The Dutchman has so far scored 33 goals in the Premier league alone, but he is out of contract after just one season. He has been linked with a move to Manchester City, who are willing to offer him up to £ 250,000 a week. As a result, Arsenal are lining up the signing of Lukas Podolski as a replacement for van Persie. Ray Parlour, though, suggests that both Lukas Podolski and van Persie can play in the same team, with the latter to benefit from it hugely.
Ray Parlour won 3 league titles with Arsenal during his career with the London team. Now, he has said that he is extremely looking forward to the prospect of seeing both the strikers at the club next season. Even though there has been no development with regard to the Robin van Persie contract situation, Parlour has said that van Persie will eventually sign a long-term contract and that he has the best possibility to play regular football at Arsenal.
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