The Insider Information About Podolski Transfer

 

  • Lukas Podolski’s transfer to Arsenal

It all started in January of 2012 when the rumour mill started churning out news of 26-year old Lukas Podolski’s impending transfer to Arsenal from FC Koln. This was just after Podolski’s spell of goals in his second season at the Bundesliga club, netting a total of 18 goals in 29 appearances. Despite the constant chatter, it was not until April of 2012 that Arsenal officially announced the Polish-born forward as their latest team member to the media, due to join them that summer.

  • The Agreement

With Podolski’s contract with FC Koln ending in the summer of 2013 and his unwillingness to extend his contract until after Euro 2012, the German club was reluctant to lose Podolski for free the next year, paving way for negotiations between them and interested buyers. Arsenal was not the only club interested; Schalke and Lazio were among the mix of clubs who expressed interest in the German player. Ultimately, Arsenal came out on top and signed Podolski for an undisclosed fee. After undergoing a medical, Podolski officially moved to England to start his journey in the English Premier League.   

Lukas Podolski

  • Impact at Arsenal

Starting his first game at Arsenal on 12 August 2012 in a pre-season friendly against F.C Koln – his former club; donning the number 9 shirt recently vacated by Park Chul Young, Podolski embarked on his Premier League journey in his first game against Sunderland on opening day, 18 August 2012. Throughout the course of the season, Podolski proved an integral addition during key games – 2-0 against Montpellier in the Champions League, 5-1 against West Ham and  7-3 against Newcastle in the Premier League where he received a standing ovation when he was substituted. All in all, Podolski’s tally in Arsenal that season ended with 16 goals and 11 assists to finish 4th in the Premier League Table.

His second season at Arsenal, Podolski suffered a hamstring injury during a Champions League match against Fenerbahçe which took 10 weeks of recovery. Upon coming back, Podolski muscled his way back into the starting line-up and continued to score crucial goals throughout the season, helping Arsenal win their first silverware in 9 years with a 3-2 win over Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup Final.

In all, Podolski was a bright spark which Arsenal kept tabs on during his time in both FC Koln and Bayern Munich. Upon joining Arsenal on a long term agreement, Podolski became a familiar name on both the pitch and in the stands as his knack for goal-scoring and assists helped the club in their hunt for silverware, paying off in 2014 with the FA Cup.

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