Podolski can't wait to get started

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Lukas Podolski is eager to begin his Arsenal career and achieve the type of success the Gunners have been found wanting over the past seven years.

The German striker comes to the Emirates Stadium with quite a pedigree at international level, and his early capture will have provided Arsenal fans with optimism that their barren spell could end next season.

Podolski scored 19 goals in 31 appearances for club and country last term and, although he was unable to prevent Cologne from being relegated, the 26-year-old can reflect on his most potent ever individual season.

Arsenal supporters will have the opportunity to see him in action for Germany at Euro 2012 this summer before he joins up with his new teammates, and he will come to north London in search of glory.

“Arsenal are a great club, here in Europe and all over the world,” he told Arsenal Player.

“At the time the transfer negotiations started between the two clubs, the decision was made really quickly. I’m now looking forward to the challenge at my new club and cannot wait to start after Euro 2012.

“I had a very good season with Cologne, I played well and as a result I’m now going to Euro 2012 with lots of confidence.

“After that, I will be joining up with my new team-mates at Arsenal and it is my goal just to do my best and be successful there.”

The signing of Podolski will relieve the goalscoring burden on Robin van Persie somewhat next season, although the future of the Arsenal captain still remains unclear.

Van Persie will meet with the club this week to discuss his future and, although the 28-year-old has expressed his 'love' for Arsenal, he has yet to give a clear indication that he will extend his stay.

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