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Ex Arsenal Striker Lukas Podolski Joins Japanese Club

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Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is in Japan to join Vissel Kobe in J-League. Podolski played for Arsenal between 2012 and 2015 where he scored 19 goals in 60 appearances. The German World Cup winner said he plans to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese football, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China.The 32-year-old forward, who had played for Turkey’s Galatasaray since 2015, said it is “a big change” for him to play in Asia for the first time. But the veteran of three World Cups and the scorer of 49 goals for Germany said he did not feel any pressure.Podolski is understood to have signed a multi-year contract worth an annual $5.3 million. Podolski’s decision to opt for Japan came as a surprise with many big-name footballers making megabucks moves to China in the twilight of their careers and he had initially been linked with Beijing Guoan.Photo Credit: Getty

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