LONDON, July 5- Lukas Podolski has left Arsenal to sign for Galatasaray, the Turkish champions announced on Saturday.
The 30-year-old German international has signed a three-year contract with the Istanbul giants, who said they will pay a transfer fee of 2.5 million euros (£1.8m, $2.8m).
The move brings to an end a disappointing three-year association with Arsenal, where he never really established himself in Arsene Wenger’s side.
The former Cologne and Bayern Munich forward even spent the second half of last season on loan in Italy with Inter Milan.
Galatasaray will appear in the group stage of next season’s Champions League after winning a record 20th Turkish title by a margin of three points from Fenerbahce, their bitter city rivals who hail from the Asian side of the Bosphorus.