Arsenal 'on alert' as Koln striker opens door to England move

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Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for German international striker Lukas Podolski.

The Koln forward is helping his hometown team in the fight against Bundesliga relegation after joining for €10 million back in 2009, but Die Geißböcke may be forced to cash in on the player should the worst happen this term.

Renowned in Britain for his international exploits with Germany, Podolski is confident he would be a success in the Barclays Premier League, and highlights England as a potential future destination.

"Being at Koln does me good. It's my club, it my town," the 25-year-old told Bild.

"If it's up to me, I'll still be here next season. Where I'd go if I opted to leave after all? Without wanting to sound arrogant, I could succeed at a big European club, in England or Spain."


Arsenal have been linked with a move for Podolski on several occasions, with claims in both the summer of 2008 and 2009 that the Gunners were looking to bring the player to the Emirates from Bayern Munich.

Marouane Chamakh was signed on a free transfer last summer, but after failing to hit the heights with Arsenal the French boss is reportedly ready to spend a £40 million transfer war chest come the end of the season.

A goalkeeper, centre back and striker are thought to be on the clubs' agenda, and with SportsVibe claiming Spurs are also 'on alert' for the player then a potential summer bidding war could be on the cards for Arsenal.

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