Arsenal new boy Lukas Podolski has expressed his excitement at the prospect of working with Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss recruited the Germany international before Euro 2012, and is preparing to face Greece in the quarter-finals later today.
While the Germans are one of the hot favourites to outright win the tournament, the former FC Koln captain is already readying himself for his first season as an Arsenal player and is full of respect for his new boss.
“He has been a very successful coach both in Europe and around the world.
“This definitely helped in making my decision.
“He 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 made my decision even easier.”
While it’s clear that Wenger is a massive reason for Podolski moving to the Emirates, the former Bayern Munich striker once again admitted that international teammate and current Gunner Per Mertesacker was a big influence on his decision to opt for North London.
“I speak to Per whenever we meet.
“Per has mentioned things about the Club’s organisation, the training ground and 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 to come here myself.”
Some have raised question marks over whether the German will be a hit in the Premier League or be a disappointment, but Podolski is confident that he will adapt well to the English game.
“I do think that the Bundesliga has done a lot of catching up in recent years and is no longer that far away from the highest level. But England still has the strongest and most attractive league in my opinion.
“The Premier League has very good stadiums, and the stronger clubs as a whole, and I’m sure I’m going to be involved in some exciting matches.
“I think I will adapt relatively quickly. I’m a player who plays in a similar style. They play fast in England, score lots of goals, there are tough battles. I enjoy this style of football, so from that point of view, I think I will become accustomed to it all in a fairly short time.”
Podolski picked up his 100th cap during the win over the Netherlands in Group B and marked the occasion with a goal as the 27-year-old help the Germans to maintain their 100% record at the European Championships.
He certainly has a lot of nice things to say about Arsenal, and seems just as excited to start his Gunners career as the fans are about seeing him in action wearing the famous red and white shirt.