The German international netted after just nine seconds of an international against USA and could be close to a move back to his native country with Borussia Dortmund leading the race for his signature.
Dortmund have a hefty transfer budget this summer and so the Gunners could recoup the £11million they spent on Podolski last summer despite a rather average first season in North London.
Atletico Madrid are also keen to bring the striker to La Liga and have their own flush pockets after selling Radamel Falcao for £50million this week.
The Gunners are keen to add at least one striker to their squad this summer after struggling to replace Robin van Persie’s goals this time last year.
Securing Champions League football on the final day of the season was significant and Arsene Wenger now knows he has to spend some money to keep Arsenal in the top four.
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