By Joe Brewin

Martin Keown believes Arsène Wenger has got it right this summer with the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

The duo will link up with their new team-mates this week after the conclusion of the Club’s pre-season tour of Asia.

Keown played 449 times for Arsenal in two spells between 1981 and 2004 and insists the experience of Podolski in particular will prove invaluable as the Gunners look to build on last season’s third-place finish.

“Podolski has come in with an incredible amount of experience,” Keown told at the launch of The Arsenal Brent Cross. “He had a quiet Euros playing in a wide position, so it will be interesting to see where the manager will play him.

“But he is an outstanding player and that is the level of experience we need.

“We have seen Giroud in flashes and it looks like he has got great qualities too. If Wenger is taking him you can be sure he is going to be a top player. So there are lots of plusses.”

Arsenal were boosted by Laurent Koscielny’s contract extension in July and Keown, a former stalwart of the Gunners’ defence, has welcomed the news.

“I think Koscielny is an outstanding player,” he said. “He is very nimble on his feet and defensively in a one v one I think he is the best we have.

Thomas Vermaelen is very powerful and attacks the ball brilliantly alongside him, so I think those two together look like a formidable pair. So it is good news that Koscielny has signed a new contract.”

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31 Jul 2012