Former Arsenal striker set for J-League move

Former Arsenal striker set for J-League move

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Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is set to leave Galatasaray in the summer and join J-League club Vissel Kobe.

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Having spent nearly two years in Turkey with Gala and the entirety of his professional career in Europe, Podolski will move abroad for the first time as a 31-year-old.

He made the announcement via his Facebook page.

“I can confirm that at the end of this season I will join Vissel Kobe from the J-League in Japan,” Podolski wrote.

“It’s not a decision against Galatasaray, it’s a decision I made for a new challenge, and I will explain more when the time is right.

“But right now my only focus is helping Galatasaray and our fantastic fans!”

The 129-times capped Germany international scored 17 goals for Gala and 19 for the Gunners.

The new J-League season begun last weekend, with Vissel Kobe scoring a first up win over promoted Shimizu S-Pulse.

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Since Vissel’s formation in 1995, the club has spent just two seasons outside J1.

The Cows have never won the league but finished second in 2013.

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