Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

Koln boss Schafer: Arsenal transfer has liberated Podolski

Goal.com
Koln boss Schafer: Arsenal transfer has liberated Podolski
.

View photo

Koln boss Schafer: Arsenal transfer has liberated Podolski

Lukas Podolski is ready to give his all to help Koln stay in the Bundesliga, according to boss Frank Schafer.

The Billy Goats head into the final round of fixtures in the relegation playoff spot, five points behind Augsburg at 16th in the table.

However, Koln is just two points above Hertha Berlin in 17th and will need to match or better Hertha's result against Hoffenheim when it plays Bayern at home to remain in their current place.

Schafer is of the opinion that star striker Podolski can fully focus on steering the club away from relegation after the Germany international finalized his summer move to Arsenal on Monday, ending months of uncertainty.

"Clarity releases much energy. Lukas is relieved [to have completed the transfer], this has been evident to me," the interim boss stated to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

"[But] the main issue is the game on Sunday against Bayern Munich."

Arsenal will reportedly pay 13.5 million euros for Podolski, who has earned 93 international caps for Germany and scored 43 goals.

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NBA $15K Tournament [$2K to 1st] 1171/3410 $5 $15000 Today 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $10K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 150/455 $25 $10000 Today 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $2K Tournament [Single Entry] 152/228 $10 $2000 Today 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (0)