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Ex-Arsenal, Cologne striker Woodcock backs Podolski move

Former Arsenal and FC Cologne striker Tony Woodcock has backed the transfer of Lukas Podolski.

The 26-year old German striker was yesterday officially announced as a Gunners signing for the summer from Cologne and an ex-player from both clubs has praised the move by the North Londoners.

"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 goal-per-game ratio," Woodcock told Arsenal's official website.

"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 Arsene (Wenger) 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.

"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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