Atletico confirm season-long loan of Arsenal's out-of-favor Lukas Podolski
German superstar Lukas Podolski, who has fallen far out of the good graces of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, will spend the rest of the season in Spain with Atletico Madrid.
Lukas Podolski has always been one of world football's greatest enigmas. He has made 119 caps for the world-champions Germany and has scored no less than 47 goals (3rd in German history in both statistics), but, for one reason or another, he has never consistently been able to reproduce that form at the club level.
This hasn't stopped him from enjoying some reasonable successes over the course of his career. A bit of a failed stint on a personal level at Bayern ,where he won the Bundesliga, was sandwiched by better showings at hometown club Koln. 18 goals in 29 league appearances in the 2011/12 season, however, earned him a much-anticipated move to Arsenal FC.
After a decent first two years where he scored 19 goals in 53 appearances, Podolski fell out of favor with Arsene Wenger. The German wanted to play in a more central role, where he did during his most successful times with Koln, but Wenger and others stayed firm that Podolski would play out left, where he had so much success with Die Mannschaft.
Having made just 7 Premier League appearances this year so far and scoring just one goal, the 29 year old was placed on the transfer list at the Emirates Stadium. He has since signed with Atletico Madrid for the remainder of the season on loan, with los Colchoneros paying €450k for his services, with an option to buy at any time for €7.25M.
"Lukas is a really good signing for the squad," Atletico manager Michael Laudrup told the press at Podolski's unveiling. "He can play up top or out wide, to help provide cover and challenge for a first team role. If he impresses, we may consider bringing him in permanently, but for now I know he will put in good performances and help us win many games."