Arsenal defender Vermaelen welcomes Podolski signing

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has welcomed the arrival of Lukas Podolski.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has welcomed the arrival of Lukas Podolski.

Vermaelen has history facing Podolski with both Belgium and Arsenal - and the centre back is convinced that the experienced German is a perfect acquisition.

“I haven't seen them training with us yet this pre-season because they came to us late after the Euros,” said Vermaelen in an exclusive interview with Arsenal.qq.com, the Club's Chinese website.

“But of course I know Podolski from the national team when I have seen him play and we played against him last year when we played Cologne. I think he is a great player with a great left foot and a good attitude and discipline as well. I am really happy he is with the Club now.

“Giroud was the top goalscorer in the French League - that says enough.”

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