Arsenal target Podolski will play in England next season, says Solbakken

The Germany forward's former coach has said that the 26-year-old will make his anticipated switch to the Premier League next season, and doubts Bayern's chances against Real Madrid

Koln striker and Arsenal target Lukas Podolski will play in the Premier League next season, according to his former boss Stale Solbakken.

The Norwegian coach was sacked by the German outfit on April 12 but, speaking to talkSPORT, was clear when asked if the former Bayern Munich man would make his much-anticipated move to England in the summer.

"He'll be in the same country as you guys [referring to the show's hosts, Richard Keys and Andy Gray]," the 44-year-old stated.

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Solbakken also took time to look ahead to Bayern's Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday and he believes that Los Blancos' attacking prowess could be decisive in the tie.

"Bayern have impressive attackers, but over 90 minutes the likes of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Angel] Di Maria and [Gonzalo] Higuain might be too much for their defence to handle," he argued.

"But yes, they [Bayern] have the power and aggression, although they must score and keep a clean sheet ahead of the return leg."

Koln currently sit 16th in the Bundesliga table, four points from safety with just three games left to play.