From Köln to Arsenal: £10.9 million (€13.9 million)
Lukas Podolski can play out wide, but he doesn’t want to play there and he’s better centrally.
Last season, Podolski managed to score 78 percent of his league goals as the make-shift No. 9 after Köln deemed Milivoje Novakovič redundant.
Podolski’s best position is as a deep-lying forward. Arsenal’s attacking trio in the 4-2-3-1 formation should comprise Theo Walcott, Podolski in the middle and Santi Cazorla as the workaholic false winger.
If Podolski plays as a deep-lying forward, he’ll score 20 goals and provide 15 assists.
Transfer genius Arsène Wenger foresaw Robin van Persie’s despicable, traitorous and Judas-like behaviour.
Le Professeur signed two elite forwards in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud for a combined £22.9 million, knowing that he’d receive around £20-30 million for Van Persie.
In the end, the £24 million transfer of Van Persie to Manchester United leaves Wenger with an extra £1.1 million to spend.
Here are Wenger’s five shrewdest signings at £1.1 million or lower.
1. Nicolas Anelka (£500,000)
2. Sol Campbell (Bosman)
3. Kolo Touré (£150,000)
4. Alex Song (£1 million)
5. Mathieu Flamini (Bosman)