Germany coach Joachim Low thinks that Lukas Podolski's move to Arsenal has made him a more complete player, and says he's now indispensable to his squad.
The 27-year-old already has 103 caps for his country, but with the emerging talents of players like Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, and Andre Schurrle, his long-term future in the national team set-up, had been cast into doubt.
But, after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger paid Cologne £10.9million to bring Podolski to the Emirates Stadium, the forward has been handed a new lease of life, with the opportunity to pile his trade in the Premier League, taking his game to the next level.
"I always said it would be a good move for him," Low is quoted by ESPN. "I think the progress he is making at Arsenal is very positive. He always has such a positive energy about him and is benefiting from his experiences with Arsenal."
When questioned about where he sees Podolski fitting into the German team moving forward, the manager added: "I can only say positive things about him, even when he does not play.
"I have always been able to count on him for many years. That makes him indispensable for us. Even if he did not always start games, I always rated him very highly."
Podolski's transition to life in north London has been made easier by the presence of international team-mate Per Mertesacker - another German benefitting from the challenge of playing in England's top-flight.
Overall, the transfer has maintained Podolski's positive outlook, both at club and international level, with the forward admitting he is happy to play anywhere for his country.
"Whether I play left, right, up front, or even left full-back as far as I am concerned - the coach can decide," he explained. "Even playing the role of super sub would not dampen my spirits. I accept the challenge of our competition for places.
"We all want to qualify for the World Cup and, if I don't play, then it is not the end of the world. I know I did not do so well personally at Euro 2012, but I want to prove that I am better than that. Our aim now is to qualify for the World Cup."
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