Podolski a perfect fit for Arsenal
Cologne striker Lukas Podolski will be a huge hit at Arsenal next season, says Tony Woodcock
After it was confirmed that Cologne striker Lukas Podolski will be moving to the Emirates Stadium this summer, former Arsenal favourite Tony Woodcock expressed his excitement at seeing the 26-year-old in action for the Gunners.
Despite widespread interest from a host of clubs across Europe, the German international revealed the offer from north London was simply too good to turn down.
"The move to Arsenal gives me the opportunity to play at international level in a top European club," Podolski told Cologne's official website.
Arsene Wenger is equally delighted with the capture of a player that promises to be a perfect partner up front with Robin van Persie.
"Podolski ticks all the boxes," said Woodcock, who also had a spell playing in Germany with Cologne.
Although Podolski's move from Bayern Munich back to Cologne seemed to be a step backwards, Wenger found in the experienced striker, exactly what is needed to boost the Gunners' attacking line.
Woodcock told Arsenal's official website the reasons why he believes Podolski will adjust just fine at the Emirates Stadium.
"There aren't a lot of differences between Cologne and Arsenal," he added. "Cologne have got one of the best atmospheres that you'll find in football, they have a nice stadium and fantastic fans."
The retired footballer carried on to highlight Podolski's qualities and what he can do for the north London club.
"I know Lukas very well. If you look at the statistics, he is 26-years-old, has played more than 90 times for Germany and has a good goal-per-game ratio.
"It is a great move for Lukas and he has got it perfect in Arsenal - he will live in London and play for a fantastic club. It looks like a win-win situation for player and club."
According to Woodcock, Podolski can undertake any attacking task that is thrown his way, and that's what attracted Wenger's initial attention.
"He can play up front, a little bit deeper as a second striker or, as he is a natural left-footer, he can even play on the left-hand side.
"That is down to Arsene to sort out his best position but Lukas has scored quite a few goals in a struggling Cologne side this season, so that show his quality."