Arsenal striker target would 'fit' in Europe

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Arsenal target Lukas Podolski has raised doubts over his future at Cologne after questioning the club's prospects of qualifying for Europe.

The 26-year-old striker is under contract at the Rhein Energie Stadion until 2013, but the Bundesliga club are keen to open negotiations over a new deal amid reported interest from the Barclays Premier League.

But Podolski has revealed his disappointment at his hometown club's failure to challenge for Europe, and admits he is now considering his options.

"I was told the plan was to get back into Europe here, but we have failed and of course I have to ask myself why," he told Die Welt.

"Whenever I am with the national team, I always notice people shaking their heads when yet another story emerges from Cologne which has nothing to do with sport."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the German international, and was believed to be weighing up a potential move to bring him to the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Frenchman is believed to be looking to add to his striking options in an attempt to alleviate the pressure on free-scoring Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie.

News of Podolski's apparent discontent will be a welcome boost to Wenger and Co, meaning the club may renew its interest in the player in the New Year.

"My family and friends may live here and I know every corner of the city," added Podolski.

"But if I am in top condition, then I think I could fit into any side in Europe. I am not forced to stay only in Cologne."

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