Arsenal continue their preparations for the new season with a friendly against FC Cologne on Saturday.
But what can Arsène Wenger’s team expect from the Bundasliga outfit?
We spoke to Ulrich Klose of RTL to get a German perspective on Stale Solbakken’s side.
They had big success in the 1970s and 1980s. They are a really traditional club in Germany but haven’t had too much success recently.
THE ONE TO WATCH
In Cologne, it is a one-man show, everything is about Lukas Podolski. He also plays for the national team and has 89 caps. Podolski is the role model of the whole club.
The stadium was completely renovated for the 2006 World Cup and has a capacity of around 50,000. It is very traditional and the supporters are some of the best in Germany. They are always singing and are full of passion.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
They have a Norwegian coach, Stale Solbakken, who came from FC Copenhagen.
They finished tenth last season with 44 points and that was quite surprising because they were in the relegation zone for a long time. But they changed their coach halfway through the season and got out of it.
They have a very strong goalkeeper, Michael Rensing. He was the successor to Oliver Kahn at Bayern Munich but made some mistakes and they signed Manuel Neuer, so Rensing moved to Cologne at Christmas. After Christmas, he made some brilliant saves and rescued a lot of points for Cologne.