Podolski can end Robin reliance

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Arsene Wenger believes the signing of Lukas Podolski can end Arsenal's supposed over reliance on club captain Robin van Persie.

The Gunners confirmed the acquisition of Podolski on Monday, and the German striker will move to the Emirates Stadium from Cologne after the European Championships this summer.

Podolski will come to north London riding high after a personally potent campaign, having scored 18 goals in 28 appearances in a failing Cologne side.

The arrival of another player able to provide a constant goal threat can only be good news for Arsenal who have, more often than not, been reliant on the contribution of Van Persie this season.

Van Persie has 28 goals in the Premier League, and his performances have been enough to earn the Dutch striker the two most prestigious individual prizes in English football.

And the prospect of Podolski featuring alongside Van Persie for Arsenal is one that excites the Gunners manager.

“[He was on our radar] for a long time,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He is a versatile striker - he can play through the middle, behind the striker, up front, on the left and on the right.

“That's what we like, and he can score goals as well. How many times have we been accused this season of being too reliant on Robin van Persie? He can score goals and provide, and he is the class that we want.

“He can fit with Robin van Persie through the middle or on the sides. That is for sure. That was an important part of the decision making [about signing him].”

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