Arsenal considering bid for international hitman

Arsenal’s lack of attacking options could lead them to dip into their wallet one again in January by making an offer for in-form Cologne striker, Lukas Podolski.

The former Bayern Munich forward hasn’t quite recaptured the form he displayed in his first spell with 1. FC Koln, but the scoring prowess he has continually showcased on the international shows that he has the potential for greatness.

Podolski boasts a ratio of 43 goals in 93 appearances for the German national side, making his debut eight years ago at the age of 19.

Now 26, the attacker doesn’t quite fit into the transfer policy the Gunners have become accustomed to but with the turmoil that the club is currently wading through, one would argue that change has become necessary at the Emirates Stadium.

The Polish-born forward transferred to Cologne for a fee of around £10m, an identical sum for which Bayern bought him for in 2006.

Podolski has looked impressive in the early stages of the 2011-12 Bundesliga campaign, scoring a brilliant left-footed drive against Hannover 96 over the weekend.

Some would argue that playing with his current side holds Podolski back, as he shows when playing at a higher standard for the German national side.

With this in mind, it’s debatable that an upgrade in quality to a side like Arsenal could see the left-sided technician flourish alongside the emphatic Robin van Persie, in a potent Gunners offence.

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