Arsenal striker, Lukas Podolski, has said that he hopes to have an Arsenal tattoo on his left arm, in the nearest future. The German already has one of Cologne, drawn on his right hand, as a permanent reminder of his hometown club, where he made his name.
“Maybe on this one – my left arm – in a few years,” he told the UK Mirror, when he was asked if he will get a Gunners tattoo.
“Cologne meant so much to me because I was there a long time. Maybe I will do the same with Arsenal because I like this club.
“It is a big club and maybe we can do a tattoo. We can speak about this in the next three or four years.”
Although some players prefer to kiss the badge, Podolski, prefers to leave a permanent mark. He had his Cologne tattoo done, just before he left the club this summer, to move to London. And he is already making an impression at the club, having scored three times in five games.
And although a lot of fans and pundits, have been quick to hail him, as a perfect replacement for Robin van Persie, he says he would have preferred if the Dutchman stayed, so they could play together.
“For me it was better if he (van Persie) stayed – he is a world-class player and I hoped that he stayed and we played together,” said Podolski. “But he made a decision and it is the team of Arsenal that is important.
“When I came on the first day to the club everyone made it easy for me. Not only the team around the team, the coaches, the physios, the president and all the staff make it easy for me. I feel happy at Arsenal. It is good for me.
“The team and Arsene Wenger make it easy on the pitch. Last week we played very well. This is the style of football that I like – we play with one or two touches.
“We play straight to the front and this is the style that I like. But we have only played four or five matches and we are not ready to speak about the title or the Champions League.
“We must carry on playing like the last few matches and we must keep on fighting.
“When you are playing up front you want to score goals and like to score goals. when you score goals you are very happy for yourself and for the team.
“I don’t know about targets – we will see. We have only played four or five matches and I have three goals and I am very happy about the good start for me and for the team.
“We must keep fit and well – it is a long, long season and we don’t have a break in the winter like in Germany. So it is different for me, but I like to play football and be on the pitch.”