Arsenal to make Lukas Podolski bid in the summer

Henry arrival delays Podolski bid with 8m offer on ice until the summer

In demand: Arsenal are interested in Podolski

In demand: Arsenal are interested in Podolski

Arsenal will make an 8million bid for FC Cologne striker Lukas Podolski in the summer now that Theirry Henry has filled the gap up front short term with his loan move from New York Red Bulls.

Henry will make his Arsenal return at the Emirates against Leeds on Monday, but Wenger still wants to add to his forward line after Arsenal have become, in their manager’s words, ‘Robin van Persie dependent’, with neither Marouane Chamakh nor Park Chu-Young looking capable of filling in.

But Henry represents the shortterm solution, with Gervinho and Chamakh away this month at the African Cup of Nations.

He will return to New York in February, meaning Arsenal will move for Podolski in the summer, after the German this week said that he favoured staying at Cologne until the end of the season, to be sure of making Germany’s first team at Euro 2012.

But though Cologne managing director Claus Horstmann claimed he was ‘optimistic’ that Podolski would sign a new contract, the striker has just one year left on his deal come June and is keen to play in the Premier League.

Podolski, 26, has scored 14 goals in 16 games in the Bundesliga this season and hopes to be a key part of the German national team at Euro 2012.