Arsenal have confirmed they have come to an agreement with Cologne over the transfer of Lukas Podolski this summer.
The Germany international has been linked with a move to Emirates Stadium for some time and both the Gunners and the Bundesliga side have now officially announced the transfer.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had praised Podolski in the past, so it was no surprise he expressed delight that the Polish-born attacker had finalised a move to north London.
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future,” Wenger said in a statement in the official club website.
“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.”
The 26-year-old has been an ever-present in Germany sides since making his international debut, but has not been able to replicate the form in club football that has seen him score 43 goals in 95 appearances for die Nationalmannschaft.
Until this season that is, as the Cologne talisman has netted 18 times in his side’s poor Bundesliga season.
They have one league game left this season, at home to Champions League finalists Bayern Munich, and still have a very real threat of automatic relegation hanging over them.
At best, they will go into the relegation play-off with the third placed Bundesliga 2 team, so it is no surprise that he has decided it is time to move on.