Arsenal have officially announced the signing of Lukas Podolski on the ubiquitous long-term contract/undisclosed fee combo, and Arsene Wenger is clearly very happy to have captured an experienced international striker.
Although Park and Chamakh are experienced international strikers themselves, they have struggled to make any impact this season, leaving Robin van Persie carrying the goalscoring burden alone. Podolski provides the manager with an alternative and Wenger has been quick to sing his praises (as you do with any new signing, in fairness).
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future,” he said. “He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.
“We are happy to have made this signing early and we are looking forward to watching Lukas contribute at the European Championships over the summer, a level where he has already made 95 caps at the age of 26. That is a phenomenal record and just shows his quality as a player.”
Meanwhile, Podolski says of the move which surprises nobody but which we’re glad to see happen, “I am so happy to be joining Arsenal Football Club and to play in the Premier League. Arsenal is one of the top clubs in Europe with a huge history.
“There are many top quality players at Arsenal and the style of football which the team plays is fantastic. I’m proud to become an Arsenal player and am looking forward to playing my first match at Emirates Stadium and doing my best for all the Arsenal fans.”
And judging by the picture, if all goes well this summer Podolski and van Persie can have a Troll Face-athon when scoring goals. Watch out Tim Krul.