It was announced on Monday that FC Cologne striker Lukas Podolski had agreed to join Arsenal this summer.

To find out more about the Gunners’ new striker, spoke to journalist Raphael Honigstein and former Cologne and Arsenal striker Tony Woodcock.

Scouting Report

"First of all I think he is a very good signing for Arsenal. I think he is at the right age, has the attributes that would fit right in with Arsène Wenger's philosophy and he has shown in his last year at Cologne that he can lead the line on his own if necessary. He has really upped his work-rate too, something which has counted against him generally in club football. But most importantly he has been scoring goals.

"I am sure the reason Arsenal were keen to tie this up so early is because, after the Euros, in all likeliness his stock will be even higher. I think it is a very good signing in that respect, too.

"His position is probably just off a more orthodox No 9 but he can play as a false striker himself. He can almost do what Robin van Persie does now, perhaps just without the same level of excellence. But he is very similar.

"He likes to play, likes to link up and his big advantage is that he can also play out wide on the left, which is a really unique trait. It has almost been drilled into him with Germany by Joachim Löw. He has a fantastic left foot, he can be very direct, has a great shot and I think he will provide a lot of options. It is a fluid system that Arsenal play and that really suits him.

"At Bayern Munich I think two things happened. When he came to them on the back of the 2006 World Cup, he was the next big thing in German football and was expected to be a superstar. But there he found a squad full of other genuine superstars - big names, big players. So that meant he often found himself as second or third choice behind the likes of Miroslav Klose, Luca Toni and Franck Ribery on the left.

"Also, personality-wise I think he was still very young and found it difficult to get on outside of his home town of Cologne. He just got a little bit lost at Munich. But he is a lot more mature now, he is a very different player and is much more developed off the pitch. He will still have to adapt but I don't think the footballing change will be too difficult for him.

"He is not the guy who strays away from the pace or physical side of the game - in fact, I think he enjoys it. He should be fine at Arsenal."

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"I know Lukas very well. If you look at the statistics, he is 26 years old, has played more than 90 times for Germany and has a good goals-per-game ratio. It is a great move for Lukas and he has got it perfect at Arsenal - he will live in London and play for a fantastic club. It looks like a win-win situation for player and club.

"He can play up front, a little bit deeper as a second striker or, as he is a natural left-footer, he can even play on the left-hand side. That is down to Arsène to sort out his best position but Lukas has scored quite a few goals in a struggling Cologne side this season, so that shows his quality.

"There aren't a lot of differences between Cologne and Arsenal. Cologne have got one of the best atmospheres that you'll find in football, they have a nice stadium and fantastic fans. Lukas is known as 'the Prince' and he is a bit of a folk hero. FC Cologne is the central part of the city but London will be slightly different because you have Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham here.

"But when you go to these big clubs these days, they are pretty much the same. They have fantastic facilities and when you go down to the bones of it, it is a green field with 22 people playing a game of football. If you have played at the highest level, it should not be a problem to adapt.

"You have someone in Lukas who ticks all the boxes - right age, right price, great experience, the right time for him to move to another country and he is used to a cult following. There is no reason why he should not be a major success."

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1 May 2012