By Rob Kelly
Lukas Podolski says the opportunity to work under Arsène Wenger was a key consideration in his decision to move to Arsenal this summer.
The 27-year-old - who scored on his 100th appearance for Germany against Denmark on Sunday - will join the Club following the conclusion of Euro 2012.
And he admits he is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Germany team-mate Per Mertesacker and learning from Wenger over the coming years.
“He has been a very successful coach both in Europe and around the world,” Podolski told the Official Arsenal Magazine. “This definitely helped in making my decision.
“He speaks several languages, and German in particular, which is very helpful. We have spoken to each other on the telephone a few times, which was very good and also made my decision even easier.
“I speak to Per whenever we meet,” he added. “Per has mentioned things about the Club’s organisation, the training ground and the fans, and this has really helped.
“It might have influenced me to a certain extent, but in the end of course I took the decision to come here myself.”
Podolski has spent his entire career in the Bundesliga, but is confident he will have no trouble adapting to life in the Premier League.
“I do think that the Bundesliga has done a lot of catching up in recent years and is no longer that far away from the highest level,” he said. “But England still has the strongest and most attractive league in my opinion.
“The Premier League has very good stadiums, and the stronger clubs as a whole, and I’m sure I’m going to be involved in some exciting matches.
“I think I will adapt relatively quickly. I’m a player who plays in a similar style. They play fast in England, score lots of goals, there are tough battles. I enjoy this style of football, so from that point of view, I think I will become accustomed to it all in a fairly short time.”
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