Lukas Podolski (German international striker) will leave Cologne to play for Arsenal in the English Premier League (EPL) 2012-2013 season, according to the Bundesliga club on Tuesday. the 26-year-old striker, who played - 95 times - struggling joined Cologne from Bayern Munich in 2009.
No further information about the disposition described by the Cologne is now ranked 16th in the Bundesliga, but news reports estimated that the transfer was worth 13 million Euro.
"This move gives me the opportunity to play at international level with one of the best European clubs," said Podolski. "It is not a simple decision for me because the club, the fans and this city means a lot to me. Cologne has always remained in my heart. " Podolski, who played 180 times and scored 86 goals will be joining teammate Germany, Per Mertesacker at Arsenal. Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger welcome Podolski and hopes to capitalize on the player's experience end drought Gunners trophy. "We are pleased to be able to sign an agreement with Lukas Podolski and hope he can play an important role.