Author Nick Hornby hopes Podolski can be Arsenal star

The Gunners fan hopes the Germany striker can make a major impact on the north London side next season, and predicts the forward's national team will win Euro 2012.

English author Nick Hornby hopes Lukas Podolski can make a major impact on Arsenal's side next season.

The 27-year-old German striker has signed for the Gunners this summer already and will join an attacking lineup that includes Robin van Persie, Gervinho, Theo Walcott and Marouane Chamakh.

The writer of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About A Boy believes the former Bayern Munich forward can be a success at the Emirates Stadium.

"He can become the biggest Arsenal star, the biggest star in our capital. And our hero," he told German publication Kolner Stadt Anzeiger. "I have watched all his goals for Cologne that he scored this season.

"When it became more probable that he would sign for Arsenal, I watched him closer. I'm fully convinced by him."

Hornby also predicted Germany will triumph at Euro 2012 over Spain and group competitors Netherlands, Denmark and Portugal.

"It's an opportunity," he said. "We'll get drunk. Germany's going to win the tournament."

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