Arsenal star hoping for return to boyhood club

Lukas Podolski has revealed that he would love to return to former club 1. FC Koln when he leaves Arsenal.

The 29-year-old World Cup winner only joined the Gunners from the German side for £11m in 2012, but his career at the Emirates Stadium looks to be all but over with Arsene Wenger having seemingly frozen him out of his first-team.

Podolski has made just one start this term – in the Capital One Cup loss against Southampton – and has already hinted that a January exit may be on the cards unless his situation changes.

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While a host of clubs from across Europe are rumoured to be keen, returning to Cologne is an option, and the experienced forward says that would be happy to head back to his former stomping ground:

“I can imagine a transfer to Cologne in the next few years because I’m always attached to the club.” He is quoted by The Metro.

“I have always said that I want to hear this hymn again when walking up the stairs with the number 10 shirt. That’s what I dream about and I hope it comes true again.”

Podolski started his career with Koln before leaving to join Bayern Munich in 2006.

After an unsuccessful spell with the Bundesliga giants he then returned to his first club, only to head off three years later to sign for the Gunners.