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Arsenal's Podolski opens door to FC Cologne return

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has suggested that he could one day head back to FC Cologne.

The 28-year old Polish-born German is under contract with the Gunners until June 2016 but is already pondering what life may hold for him after his spell in north London.

Podolski kicked off his career in Koln, coming through the club's youth academy, before debuting for the Billy Goats in 2003 prior to his 2006 shift to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

The left winger then found himself back at the RheinEnergieStadium for a three-year stint before joining Arsenal in the summer of 2012 where he has since scored 28 goals in 65 appearances.

When considering the next phase of his extensive career, the 112-time Germany international hinted at a possible return to Cologne where he could quite possible end his playing days.

"The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world and therefore in principle always interesting," Podolski told transfermarkt's World Cup issue.

"In the Bundesliga, I naturally think first of the FC. That is much more than a club for me, this is home. Maybe I'm playing again with the Billy Goats, this is for me always an option and heart."

Podolski missed just over three months for the Gunners earlier this campaign because of a hamstring injury but has recently found form with four goals in his past two Premier League outings to take his season tally to eight from 17 appearances.

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