By Rob Kelly

Lukas Podolski has admired Arsenal from afar this season and is relishing the prospect of meeting up with his new team-mates.

The 26-year-old will move to Emirates Stadium following Germany’s Euro 2012 campaign after sealing a transfer from FC Cologne.

And Podolski cannot wait to start playing ‘the Arsenal way’ in the months and years to come.

“Arsenal are a very disciplined team; they play great football with excellent passing and they are really good to watch on television,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’m excited to be part of this team now, playing that way and making the supporters happy.

“Robin van Persie has had such a brilliant season - it has been great to watch. Then there is Per Mertesacker who I know well, and I have also been impressed with the performances of Wojciech Szczesny in goal.

“Of course Tomas Rosicky has had a very good season. But there are many great players at Arsenal and I’m looking forward to meeting all of my new team-mates.”

Podolski also hopes to write his name in history alongside some of the Club legends of the past.

“I used to enjoy watching Henry, Pires and Jens Lehmann of course. Bergkamp as well,” he said.

“There are quite a few great players from Arsenal’s history… we know them all, don’t we?! And I’m proud to become an Arsenal player myself.”

Watch part two of our exclusive interview with Lukas on Arsenal Player.

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16 May 2012