Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger heaps praise on ‘versatile’ Lukas Podolski

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is full of praise for new signing Lukas Podolski, who will join the Gunners in the summer

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Done deal: Lukas Podolski had been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal Photo: Steindy

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Arsene Wenger is confident Lukas Podolski will give Arsenal an edge that will help the Gunners challenge for silverware next season.

The north Londoners announced the signing of the Germany international this week and the Arsenal manager is convinced that the 26-year-old will be a hit at The Emirates – and claims the midfielder will help ease the pressure on Robin van Persie in front of goal.

“[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].”

Meanwhile, Van Persie has revealed his delight at the signing of Podolski, insisting he has always been impressed by the former Bayern Munich forward.

“He’s a really good player,” Van Persie told Sky Sports. “I know that he has played over 90 games for Germany. He’s an experienced player. He’s been in the game at the highest level for more than eight years now. Great player, he’s a winner.

“When we were playing against Cologne in pre-season you could see that he’s a winner. Even if it was a friendly, he was doing absolutely everything to win. We are very happy for him to come to Arsenal.”

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