Podolski wants ink-redible success
Lukas Podolski admits he could be tempted to have another tattoo if things continue to go well at Arsenal.
Podolski has the crest of home-town club Cologne inked on the inside of his right arm as a mark of respect for the team he joined at the age of 10, and left for the second time this summer in an £11million deal. And the German striker is hopeful of making a similarly lasting success of his time at the Emirates Stadium.
"Cologne meant so much to me because I was there for a long time, maybe I will do the same with Arsenal because I like this club," Podolski said.
"It is a big club and maybe we can do a tattoo. We can speak about this in the next three or four years."
Podolski netted his third goal in as many games when the Gunners came from behind to beat Montpellier away in the Champions League on Tuesday night. And along with fellow summer signing Santi Cazorla, the 27-year-old has integrated quickly into an Arsenal side reshaped following the £24million sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
He added: "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.
"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."
Going forward the Gunners have looked almost irresistible, with the only thing missing being Olivier Giroud finding the net for the first time. Podolski admits Arsenal's passing style very much suits his game. However, he warned against getting swept away in the hype.
"The team and [manager] Arsene [Wenger] make it easy. Last week we played very well. This is the style of football that I like, we play with one or two touches," he said.
"We play straight to the front, but we have only played four 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."