Lukas Podolski: I’ve felt at home at Arsenal from day one

Arsenal midfielder Lukas Podolski says he felt part of the Gunners right away after joining the north Londoners this summer

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Lukas Podolski joined Arsenal from Cologne this summer Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Lukas Podolski believes he has already settled into life at Arsenal and is relishing the start of the new season.

The 27-year-old was the first of Arsene Wenger’s three new recruits so far this summer, with Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla also securing moves to The Emirates.

Podolski, who joined the Gunners from Cologne, netted two goals against his former club as Arsenal breezed to a 4-0 pre-season victory at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Sunday.

“I have felt like a part of Arsenal from the first day and I am very proud to play here and wear the shirt,” Podolski told Arsenal Player.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Before the game a lot of the players were surprised about the city and about the stadium. It was a great match and in my first game I scored two goals, so it was very good. It was a good test for us and I hope we can win against Sunderland next week.

“It was not so easy [to score against Cologne]. I played a lot of games for a lot of years in Cologne. They were my club when I was a young boy, so it is not easy to score two goals against your team.

“We have been having two sessions a day, now it is back to London, a day off and then we can start to concentrate on the game against Sunderland.”

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