Ex-Arsenal fan favourite, Lukas Podolski, reaffirms his commitment to Gornik Zabrze by signing a new contract, extending his career with his childhood club.

Lukas Podolski via SkySports.de
Lukas Podolski via SkySports.de when he was recently sent off in his own charity game
  • Former Arsenal star, Lukas Podolski, has extended his contract with Gornik Zabrze until 2025.
  • Podolski, who turns 38 soon, has expressed his deep connection to the Polish club, describing it as his childhood club.
  • The announcement of Podolski’s contract extension was made on Instagram, receiving widespread praise from fans and the football community.

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has signed a two-year contract extension with Gornik Zabrze, extending his career at the Polish first division club until 2025.

Podolski, who will turn 38 in just under two weeks, expressed his deep-rooted connection to the club during the announcement.

“I grew up here, this has been my club since I was a child,” Podolski remarked during the announcement, a sentiment echoed in a heartfelt video shared by the club on Instagram. The clip was also shared by Podolski himself, who responded to the club’s warm “Lukas, thank you!” message with a simple “thank you” in Polish.

Podolski’s journey from Cologne to London and then onto Zabrze has seen the forward evolve not just as a player, but also as a professional deeply connected to his roots.

During his time at Arsenal, from 2012 to 2015, he became a favourite among fans and teammates alike, known for his formidable left foot, sharp attacking instincts, and charismatic presence both on and off the field.

Despite his move away from the Premier League, his legacy at Arsenal remains strong. His 31 goals in 82 appearances for the Gunners often came in crucial moments, showcasing his ability to perform under pressure. His three-year spell in London left a lasting impact, with fans and pundits still remembering his spirited performances.

After leaving Arsenal, Podolski had spells in Italy, Japan, and Turkey, playing for Inter Milan, Vissel Kobe, Galatasaray, and Antalyaspor, respectively.

Back in Poland, at Gornik Zabrze, Podolski has found a home where his love for the game and dedication to his childhood club can continue to flourish. His contract extension is a testament to his enduring commitment to the club that holds a special place in his heart.