Although he has another two years left to run on his deal there, he is already eyeing up an unusual move in the future.
“When I went to Brazil for the World Cup, I liked it a lot and I don’t know what will happen when I leave Japan,” he admitted to Globo Esporte. “I want to play for longer than after my contract ends here in two years and we’ll see what happens.
“Everyone knows that I like Brazil and Flamengo. I love what the fans give to their team. We’ll see what happens.”
Podolski spent three years at the Emirates from 2012-15, turning out 60 times in the Premier League and netting 19 goals for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The striker also played 130 times for Germany, scoring 49 international goals, and lifted the World Cup in 2014.