Date: 10th March 2012 at 4:50pm
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News coming from Germany suggests Arsenal have secured the services of FC Koln striker Lukas Podolski for a fee of £10.9 million.

The German international will reportedly sign a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week.

Judging by his wages it looks like he’s going to be an important player for the team in the future, but just how well will the 26-year-old forward fit in to the Arsenal’s line-up?

With our current formation set at a 4-2-3-1, Podolski can really only play on the left wing, which he is capable of doing, but I would rather have him partner our captain upfront in a 4-4-2 formation.

The German has a powerful left foot and isn’t afraid to fire one in from a distance and has great accuracy, scoring from tight angles. He is also physically capable of adapting to the Premier League as he is quick and strong on and off the ball. Podolski would certainly add steel to the team, which we have lacked over the past few seasons. With him in the squad our physical presence on the pitch will be much more effective and powerful.

His current record this season is 16 goals in 22 games for FC Koln and is the third top scorer in the Bundesliga, the two above him are level on 18 goals.

FC Koln sit 14th in the table, so to achieve his tally of goals he currently has is very impressive. From the 2008/09 season onwards, he has scored 30+ goals in each of the seasons for both club and country.

The only thing I would doubt about Podolski is his mental strength which might hurt his adaptation to the club. I think all the quality is there and he will certainly suit the team very well. But as previously with Bayern Munich he couldn’t really take his spot in the starting line-up permanently and gave some disappointing performances at times. So his problems may have occurred due to being at a bigger club. He has been successful at FC Koln as he is loved there. Arriving at a new club and new country where he can’t speak the language may well hinder his adaptation.

But quality wise I think he has it all and will be a great addition to the team. His style will certainly suit that of the Gunners nicely and he would also add strength to the squad, but only if he is able to adapt mentally to the English game.

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