Podolski got even his German teammates excited. Ozil said 'Poldi has raved about the atmosphere here.'
His hamstring injury might tie him to the bench when it is game time in Holloway, but it won’t hold Lukas Podolski back from cheering on his Arsenal teammates Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker who are playing in Germany’s World Cup qualifier this evening versus Ireland.
For Arsenal’s forward, who is still recovering from his muscle issue, it is tough luck that the national team is playing in his erstwhile house. Podolski, who started his career in Cologne, was a huge factor in why FC Koln competed in Bundesliga. With out him, they are now in second Bundesliga.
And, unlike other professionals, Podolski continues to remain faithful to his club. He still would have been playing there if his potential wasn’t levels above second division football - he even got the crest of Cologne inked on his right arm.
'An international match in Cologne, in my home, in my living room – and I can not be there. Everyone can probably imagine, that this is particularly bitter for me,' the Gunner was cited by DFB-media.
While Podolski with 111 games, as a German international won’t be on the field, he will be in the stands cheering on his squad to get the ticket for the World Cup finals in Brazil. He visited his former club FC Koln yesterday and took some time to see his teammates of the German national team.
The 28-year-old had some lasting memories playing at Colognes football stadium and expects tonight’s match against Ireland to be a great one. Others picked up Podolski’s enthusiasm
'Poldi has raved about the atmosphere here. So I am looking forward to the game in Cologne stadium,' Arsenal’s midfielder Mesut Ozil said.
Germany is ready thanks to Podolski.
And if Irish fans are ready like they used to be, for example in 2012, it will be great game for sure.
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