Podolski confirms Arsenal move

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Lukasz Podolski and FC Cologne have confirmed that he will be an Arsenal player next season. Using his Facebook page, in a statement released jointly on the Cologne website, the German international said:

“Hi folks, from next season I will play Arsenal FC. This change gives me the opportunity to play at international level in a top European club. This is a great opportunity in my sporting career.

“The decision for this step is not easy for me because the FC Köln, the city and the fans are very special for me. I’ll always carry FC in my heart. We must now concentrate all the forces together and focus exclusively on the league. Regards, Poldi.”

For their part, the German club confirmed the deal, done a year before his contract was due to expire, but have said that the transfer fee is ‘confidential’.

Podolski has played 95 times for Germany, scoring 43 goals, and his signing represents something of a change in tactic from Arsenal who have usually taken their time over deals, especially in the summer.

Signing an experienced international before the season has even ended might well suggest that the lessons of last summer have been learned, and on a day when Arsene Wenger has admitted his side are over-reliant on the goals of Robin van Persie, the German will provide another dimension to our attack.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that Podolski will augment, rather than replace, van Persie but let’s hope that good results in the final two games and this ‘statement of intent’ from the club will all help make up the skipper’s mind.

Welcome to The Arsenal, Lukas.

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Otis
Otis

Wahey!

rahul
rahul

Rvp, podolski, Walcott, ox, gervinho ah, just imagine all of them fit and in form together.

ronnie
ronnie

i did. and i came 😉

Master Bates
Master Bates

well I hope he’s worth all the 107 medicals he took with Arsenal.

Welkam to Arsenal Lukas

jeff
jeff

And Jack providing the ammo! WooHoo.

Scribe
Scribe

About all of my thoughts on this.

ramgooner
ramgooner

arshavin:if robin is the new batman and podolski is the new robin then who is the new podolski
arsene wenger:LOL andrey it’s gotta be yu.
arshavin:hahahaha boss no it’s gervinho.im the new zervinyu
arsene:WTF?there are too many in the squad.now get out and go play football.

Ajax
Ajax

…the fuck did I just read?

ramgooner
ramgooner

it was a crazy comment.but,that’s just the end of arshavin

Abhijith
Abhijith

He’ll be a true LANS

Ace McGoldrick
Ace McGoldrick

Surely he’d just be ANS?

CB
CB

Agreed though my 13 year old son would say ‘ he is, like, a new signing’ so L,ANS may still work depending on the audience.

Great news!!

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

It means ‘like a new signing’, as in we have a player out for a long time but they come back fresh and are a type of player that has been missing (Wilshere/Diaby are our examples). So no, he won’t be a true LANS as he would have to play for us originally…..

TAMCK
TAMCK

So he’ll be ELANS.

Abhijith
Abhijith

Just a joke people. Come on

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

No, no i won’t

Hurley
Hurley

Abhijith – We shall never forgive you. You are finished on here. FINISHED, I TELL YOU!!!!!

KenyanGooner
KenyanGooner

I just read your comment in an Indian accent…”FINISHED, I TELL YOU!!!!!”..heh

oohtobeee
oohtobeee

I just read your comment starting with a click

oohtobeee
oohtobeee

“I click just clicked read clickity, click, click your comment indian accent click” now I’m going to go run the Boston Marathon 🙂 heh

My name is not important

Seriously dude, I’m all for criticizing the club and all. (unlike many of the readers here.) It’s just that, you have to choose your battles as well, your comment was nothing but stupid. Now go to the corner and be ashamed.

I had my doubts about this deal but it seems it was real, now for the love God lets hope Van Persie signs a new deal and we will actually have a decent attack force. Great times

My name is not important

Seeing how my post was downvoted for no apparent reason what so ever I’m done with this site. Good luck to blogs, you at least are kind of neutral in your opinion. But the MORONS who read this site are nothing but sheep’s .

Meh

Old man grape

issues?
before you go and bore readers on another sight,have a massage first and maybe take the cucumber from your ass, then maybe you might enjoy yourself.

good luck and have fun.

My name is not important

Yeah thanks for the ad hominem. Now do you have anything relevant to say or you just you gonna spill out your sexual fetishes for us all too see? Or are you perhaps one of those who just arbitrary downvote everyone? Could it perhaps be that you actually are a moron but you are trying to hide it with sexual innuendo?

Camilla
Camilla

Who’s sheep?

Camilla
Camilla

” I’m done with this site.”

And yet he comes back a couple minutes later to see if anyone’s replied. It’s all a bit sad, really.

My name is not important

I’m not gonna leave with my tail behind my legs, besides. Who the fuck are you? Another yank? Another JCL who wonders where cesc was 4 years ago?

Old man grape

thought you left mate.

good bye.

Old man grape

btw camilla always has something productive or intelligent to say, and @7amkickoff is ‘just another yank” and he writes with more intelligence in one article than I imagine you have in your entire literate life.
I can never understand why sad twats with their weird psycho dramas don’t just start up their own forum and whine to each other instead of boring the rest of the world with their rubbish.
oh they did? here’s one for you MNINI :http://www.tottenhamhotspurs.tv/forum/

Mattolacomb
Mattolacomb

I like your posts, really positive and constructive. A career at talksport awaits!!

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Why do you worry about votes here????? Not everyone will agree with you, just say your opinion and explain why and some would like some wouldn’t.

Because I am now ozzing wisdom I will get a lot of “downvoting”. I just hope I could sleep at night tonight 😛 .

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

I leave you bloody kids alone for one afternoon and all hell breaks loose. You’re driving me crazy, Grape, stop winding my Name is Not Important up, Camilla, go and do your homework, Mattalocomb, go to your room. Cygans left foot, your grounded, wait till your father gets home!

And scene………….

Goonermonkey
Goonermonkey

Why are so many people poorly rating this comment. Surely it was a jest? It’s not like some spu*s troll stepped in.

Anyway… Woot! Looks like we’re trying to get our business done nice and early this time around. Before the window is even open, no less.

A couple more on the defensive side, a shedding of the dead wood, keeping our best players, (and keeping everyone fit) next season looks interesting.

CAGooner
CAGooner

Sorry, Abhijith, this is a tough crowd to please!

ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr
ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr

A quality transfer done before the season ends, at a bargain price furthermore…..i remember this arsenal..words cannot express how happy i am this has happened, we’ve stated our intent now to challenge for titles, lets just hope we can continue in this vein during the summer

MR LULZ
MR LULZ

“goulden shu” hahah, lets hope he wins a golden shoe in the bpl next season

Alex
Alex
Ebouefan
Ebouefan

Here is the real deal.
http://youtu.be/a3Juhm54IkI?t=1m50s

TAMCK
TAMCK

AAARGRRRRGGHHHH!!!

…in the best possible way.

Scribe
Scribe

Best thing I’ve heard in years, I demand they play this after he scores. I’m posting this everywhere.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

let’s hope that

a: he’s brilliant and scores a ton of goals for the arse

and

b: that he’s coming to play with RvP rather than replace

PaulDavis'RightHook
PaulDavis'RightHook

Amen to that one!!!

Russ
Russ

What a lovely start to the week

ClvnGnr
ClvnGnr

Yes! Maybe the boss will finish his signings before the euros and get that RVP contract signed!
Got a good feeling this might be a good summer.

German guy
German guy

Herzlich Willkommen Lu-Lu-Lu-Lukas Podolski!!!

What I love about him is his left foot, he just loves to kick a ball at high speed into the net (just flick through his goals for the NT (e.g. WC 2010) & Köln).

Apart from that, he is used to play as a left winger and actually doing a lot of backtracking which makes him more valuable than AA in my opinion.

Great signing, also a slap in the face of those guys who’d laughed at us all season had we missed out on him for whatever reason in the summer.

Good start to a hopefully successful transfer window.

Darsenal
Darsenal

welcome home son!

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Surely he was already “home” but moved to a bigger club to fulfil his own personal goals and dispel the ghost of his time at Bayern, while helping us win the league and champions league….

AMURICAH
AMURICAH

and fa cup and carling cup and nigeria cup or whatever, we will do the quintuple

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

Finally its confirmed after waiting for so long! Tired with the speculation though we believe he’ll come. Welcome Poldi! Hope this and few more signings can convince RVP to stay

liz2
liz2

Im just gonna say this, he’s pretty good looking. We have got to have the most handsome team in the PL. maybe add Olivier Giroud, and we will have one beautiful team lifting the trophy next year.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

All we need to do is add Pires to the coaching staff.

GoonerNugget
GoonerNugget

This is our best signing in years for a few reasons:

– It’s done, as in right now. Before the window has even opened. Has this even happened before?

– Proven talent at international and club level

From what I’ve seen he has a bit of a fire in him. I like that.

ette
ette

We did sign a certain left footed Dutch striker before the transfer window opened – it must be about 8 years ago if I remember correctly.

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Giovanni van Bronckhorst?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Glenn Helder?

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Marc Overmars?

TAMCK
TAMCK

Hans Gruber?

Beastista
Beastista

Julio Baptista… oh wait… LEFT footed… sorry.

ette
ette

RVP, people!

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Are you sure?

IndianGooner

We did announce the signing of Little Mozart on the 26th of May 2006 weeks before WC 2006.

Davey Jones
Davey Jones

Yes! A front three of he, RVP & The(o) looks goaltastic! With Rosicky or Wilshere buzzing behind and Song & Arteta anchoring we should be flying next season (God permitting)! UTA!

Centley
Centley

“GOD permitting” good to hear that!

Mooro
Mooro

Well that puts a proper marker down.

Let’s get all this business done early doors and avoid the influx of Transfer Windowlickers on this site, like last summer.

ilya
ilya

Lol “transfer windowlickers”. Copyright it asap

DC
DC

That is a good signing. This is a serious statement of intent.

Mental Strength
Mental Strength

More Germans! YES!

The invincible arse
The invincible arse

And German footballers are well known for their mental strength

Tony
Tony

Lu Lu Lu Lukas Podolski!

Grugster
Grugster

Sehr schön!

Schließlich, etwas!

I’m going to be singing that song for weeks now.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

Welcome, Lucasz, you’re going to like it here.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

I suppose one can only say Welcome…….may you have a record breaking Arsenal career, and break only the records worth breaking, and not the ones that Chamakh and Park have created like most hrs sat on the bench without scoring and stuff.

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Last i heard, they were going for the record of the longest game of tiddlywinks

TeeCee
TeeCee

Is there such a thing as a no-score draw in tiddlywinks?

Mr. Eboue Armann Yes
Mr. Eboue Armann Yes
ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Alle-friggin-luia. A true quality signing before the end of the season. Well done Arsenal and welcome to London, Poldi.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Still our most important signing is yet to be made, If rvp signs then it’s going to make a great season, if we lose him we are no better off.
A great start, so let’s get the rvp business done and maybe another attacking midfielder and it might just be time to start dreaming again.

waitressinthesky
waitressinthesky

At this point, I don’t think Wenger will let him go. From what I’ve heard, he’s willing to gamble by letting the last year of the contract happen, rather than sell him to another club, even if RVP wants to go.

northlondonboy
northlondonboy

Yeaaaaaaah at last- great news. lets hope this first high profile name and not the last to be signed!!

ogban
ogban

If Arshavin is not coming back, and Chamakh is leaving, then we will still need another striker of the out-and-out variety to complete our offensive complement

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Grant Holt. That’s where the smart money is. Straight up.

Georgecostanza
Georgecostanza

Grant holt can’t even stand up, let alone straight up.

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Dunno. Maybe winning the Russian Premiership with Zenith will give the little Russian the push he needs for us.

I’d keep AA.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Joel Campbell, if he gets his work permit, if not I wouldn’t bet against Chamakh staying as I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of thing Wenger would envisage with his recent ‘shit happens’ speech on transfers, taking a pop at a cheap stopgap striker didn’t work out so well last year.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

just a quick thanks to the FA, who are usually a bunch of inbred old fuckwits, but this season appeared to have woken up a bit and decided to fuck up the shit at Spuds by linking ‘Arry with the England job, ensuring Spuds form went down the shitter, and making their fans ‘ate ‘Arry, just before giving the job to Uncle Woy, leaving Spuds lumbered with a manager they now hate and believe can’t manage his way out of a wet paper bag, let alone achieve European Cup football

Happy days, indeed

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

The FA never actually said they were going for ol’ twitchy, that’s something the media created. The media’s own agenda has certainly worked in our favour and I actually like Roy and feel he’ll do well at the Euro’s. Get some in form players in, keep things solid and nick a few 1-0’s (it worked for Spain)

Mooro
Mooro

That made me laugh and laugh and laugh last night.

Great news for us as he can now complete his work there and drive the spuds to the brink of closure, as he’s done with nearly every other club he’s been at.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

“nearly”?

Mooro
Mooro

Hedging my bets. Couldn’t be arsed to check his entry in Cuntipedia.

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

He hasn’t quite finished spending all of Tottenham’s money, so nearly is correct. Give him 2 more seasons and they’ll be docked the 10 points to send them tumbling down to the Ryman’s League

ilya
ilya

Haha, its true though, those imbeciles really do hate him. I see the comments all the time on the artcles like the one when Redknapp says rotation is not needed and top players should be playing over 40 games a season, the spuds commenting were calling him embarassing. I thought that was hilarious. Like they just realized how over-rated he is, the meida really did a number on them earlier when they’re winning and now reality is so tragic for them. To me, if we get the 3rd place, it’ll be a great way to shut them up for a while

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

I bet Arry’s gutted, he normally jumps ship at the right time before it goes tits up do he can say it wasn’t him.

miki
miki

I for one am not convinced that the ghost of managing England is to blame for the Spurs drop in form. Lack of rotation and lack of tactical acumen on the part of the manager will do that to teams in the 2nd part of the season. Fitting facts into a narrative without any evidence that they are in fact connected is, well, poor journalism.

sirchesney
sirchesney

Welcome Prince Poldi !!

IndieGunner
IndieGunner

Is too late to do the oh-my-god-I-never-knew-this-was-happening-that-Wenger-is-a-crafty-man joke? Yes? Good to see him. I hope this doesn’t distract the players, there are still two matches to go. The season isn’t over.

Dwangoon
Dwangoon

WOOOOHOOOOO…..

We needed to act early and we did…. 2 more good signings and convince RVP to renew his contract and Arsenal will be a top european force to be reckoned with again!

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Voldermort
Voldermort

Sami don’t give spurs fans the excuse for tailing off, it’s more to do with the fact they are shit full stop and always have been and will be forever in our shadow.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

it’s nice to blame ‘Arry for it, though

pops his little fucking bubble nicely, they were starting to believe their own publicity for a moment there

it’d be funny if the reason ‘Arry didn’t get the England job was because Spuds were demanding £££ compensation and ‘Arry wanted Capello’s wage. Fucked by their own greed – that would be just perfect.

Ecobiker

I can’t remember the last time we did such a timely piece of transfer business. Lovely stuff.

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GunnAV
GunnAV

Brilliant news…great to see that the boss meant it when he said that there’d be no repeat of the mess created on the transfer front last year. Hope it’s a sign of good things to come. Maybe a couple of more medium to high profile signings. But this is a good start, a real statment of intent.
Here’s hoping that Lukasz has a blessed career hopefully alongside our cap.
Cheers

goontang
goontang

Wow. Maybe the begining of this season was truely a blessinh in disguise. I cant remember good news like th..is for many years. If he score the quality goals he has this season in a relegation strickened squad then i assume he”ll be licking his lips with the quality of song arteta rosicky and jacky boy

JP1
JP1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQcCLydNqAQ&feature=related

enjoy! he has loads of assists and goals this season.
looks like he’s on fire : D

Mooro
Mooro

Podolski = our new Number Nein?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

haha

i hear he has a very drei sense of humour as well

eric blair
eric blair

And he plays without vier

TomC
TomC

Yes. He’s a class acht.

Mr. Eboue Armann Yes
Mr. Eboue Armann Yes

Let’s all hope he doesn’t get injured having sechs like Kevin Prince Boateng.

Adam, Watford
Adam, Watford

I ‘ope he remains in good elf all season . . .

Scribe
Scribe

I HOPE YOUR HERE ALL WEEK

Goon
Goon

oh my……

Nikki
Nikki

I actually don’t like that number 9 given our previous record for this past 5 years. Hope it follows with M’villa and Giroud plus a back up experience GK. Maybe Vertongen but not a priority.
And by the way, i think it’s also a good statement just when Chelsea announced the signing of Marin, we follow with a much bigger name and player (in my opinion).

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

We’ve had no luck with the number 9 shirt: Merson, Anelka, Suker, Jeffers, Reyes, Baptista, Eduardo. Maybe we should just retire the number as our unlucky number.

CB
CB

Marin – who?

mihkel
mihkel

the shirt suits him.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

T.O.S.I.S.,
All coming up roses ,mate………Let’s hope Harry now signs an extension there and proceeds to work his “magic”. As per Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The sun is truly shining this afternoon…..

Scribe
Scribe

Come on Arry. SPEND, SPEND them down the tank.

TAMCK
TAMCK

Es gibt einen Fußballgott!

El Blondo
El Blondo

Having a rubbish Monday at work and this is the silver lining – welcome to Arsenal Prince Poldi

Chinmay
Chinmay

I just woke up from a very deep sleep. I’m still too groggy and what do you know, i get two of the BEST news my brain can process! Podolski and Roy. I’ve always been itching to say this, so let me say it now-

LETS ALL LAUGH AT SPURS!!!

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

And laugh at Stoke .Pubis’s boy Pennant done for drink driving,no insurance
and banned as well.Fits the Stoke image.AW did well getting rid of him.

49! eat that

I with u liz on that one . I’m tired of frodo u knw the one that grows hair lifting the cup its our time welcome home poldi now lets go get kagawa and Every one else will be up for a spanking next season

Grugster
Grugster

So, Arsenal now have a German Pole to go with their French Pole and a pair of Polish Poles.

Polished.

jasopan
jasopan

Where’s that picture from?

Dejilinho
Dejilinho

Adios Chamakh

GoonerBob
GoonerBob

Get that Podolski song out again Arseblog!

Plev
Plev

Sorry if this has been asked.. but is that photo of him wearing the shirt real or a bloody good photoshop? Surely the later..

JP1
JP1

the later. this pic was made several months ago by some fan

Ace McGoldrick
Ace McGoldrick

Really? I thought it was after we played Cologne in pre season and one of our players swapped shirts with him.

Trevor
Trevor

This just made my Monday.

Stuart
Stuart

Our 3 strikers next season: van persie, podolski and bendtner.
Alot better than van persie, chamakh and park!

Stephen
Stephen

Great stuff! Now let’s get on with buying someone who can shoot with their right foot.