Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray: Latest Transfer Details, Comments and Reaction

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2015

Lukas Podolski, of Germany, right, poses for pictures with Galatasaray manager left, after he arrived at the airport in Istanbul, Saturday, July 4, 2015. The German international arrived to sign a contract with the Turkish club. (AP Photo)
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Lukas Podolski's time with Arsenal is over, with the forward heading to Turkey to play for Galatasaray. 

The Turkish club announced his signing on Saturday. 

21x Turkish Champions 🏆 @Galatasaray

Welcome to Galatasaray, Lukas Podolski! @Podolski10 http://t.co/drCDOkdkXt

Sky Sports reported Podolski was getting a three-year deal. 

The Germany international saw success with the Gunners during the 2013-14 season, helping the team to win the FA Cup. However, the player spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, suggesting a permanent move would follow, this summer. 

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Podolski arrived at Arsenal in 2012 for £11 million, signing from Cologne. The 30-year-old hit 31 goals in 82 appearances for Arsene Wenger's men, per BBC Sport

Football writer Samuel Jay C. confirmed further details of the player's move to Cimbom, citing the transfer fee that secured Podolski's services:

Sam @samuelJayC

Podolski will sign his contract in a few hours. Will wear no.11 shirt at @Galatasaray. Arsenal receive £2.85m. #AFC http://t.co/wFJZ1kvM9s

Despite being a fan favourite, the Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke gave a scathing assessment of the German's tenure in north London:

Jack Pitt-Brooke @JackPittBrooke

Podolski has been a Galatasaray-level player since he joined Arsenal. Could have gone straight there, saved time. https://t.co/YG0VjbXwUj

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Lukas Podolski of Arsenal takes his seat on the bench before the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 28, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Ima
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However, Pitt-Brooke's comments were put into context by Sky Sports, which instead highlighted the player's successes at the Emirates Stadium:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

Podolski had the highest shot conversion rate at @Arsenal over the last three years, scoring with 26% of his shots. http://t.co/OHr76i3sTa

The time is certainly right for Podolski to say goodbye to the Gunners, as Wenger looks to build a world-class attacking unit—an element the player cannot provide. 

Turkish football will offer the German a more stable environment to pick up first-team minutes, and with his eye for goal, he could become a Gala hero in no time at all. 


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