The former FC Cologne star has now completed his move to the Gunners.
â€śI do speak to Per whenever we meet and we keep in touch on the telephone, too," he told Arsenal Player.
â€śHe has mentioned things about the Clubâ€™s organisation, the training ground, 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 myself.
â€śI have been told that this is a Club with a great tradition and history. It is a Club always among the top four in the Premier League, with a fantastic stadium, fantastic players and great fans. Which just confirmed all the things that I already felt.â€ť
While Podolski may have been lured by Arsenalâ€™s impressive pedigree, the striker admits ArsĂ¨ne Wengerâ€™s stellar reputation was also a key factor behind his decision.
â€śThis also played an important part,â€ť said the forward. â€śArsenal are a great club and ArsĂ¨ne Wenger has been a very successful coach both in Europe and around the world.
â€śHe 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 which made my decision even easier.â€ť