PODOLSKI WANTS TO IMPRESS

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.

WENGER SPLASHES THE CASH

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.