Cologne - There was an air of familiarity about Lukas Podolski's two goals at the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday, yet something wasn't quite right.

Of course, Podolski swapped the white of 1. FC Köln for the red of Arsenal over the summer and was back in his hometown with his new colleagues for a pre-season friendly. After his side's 4-0 win, Cologne's favourite son spoke about what the game was like for him, life in the London and how he's faring as the latest Bundesliga star to try his luck in the Premier League.

Question: Lukas Podolski, what was it like to be given such a warm reception by the Köln fans on your return?

Lukas Podolski: I enjoyed it very much. I found it incredible playing back here in Cologne. The whole crowd shouted my name after the final whistle. I really can't describe my feelings.

Question: You struck two goals for Arsenal. Have you already settled in at your new club?

Podolski: Very much so. My team-mates have supported me a lot. We have a superb group and it's enjoyable being with them on and off the field. Also our manager [Arsene Wenger] does a great job. I believe I still need some time to get into a rhythm ahead of next week's start of the new season, however, and the match in Cologne was a good test.

Question: Do you expect to be in the starting XI for the first few matches of the season?

Podolski: I really don't know. Our squad is so strong, we could easily field two teams that would be just as good as one another. In the end it's the manager who decides and I'll do my best to ensure he fields me.

Question: Are you already feeling at home in London?

Podolski: I've settled in very well and the team have made it very easy for me. [Fellow Germany international] Per Mertesacker lives nearby and London is a very pretty place. My family and I have had no difficulties whatsoever.

Question: Has Per Mertesacker also helped you settling in?

Podolski: It's obviously a lot easier when you've got someone who speaks your language and who you've known for seven or eight years. Of course it's an advantage having him around.

Question: How come you are not in the Germany squad for Wednesday's encounter with Argentina?

Podolski: [Germany coach] 'Jogi' Löw actually called me up for the game but we discussed the subject with Arsene Wenger and eventually decided that it's better for me to train with Arsenal to get into shape for the new season.

Question: How do you see Köln's future?

Podolski: I'm keeping my fingers crossed of course and wish the club all the best. The start of the Bundesliga 2 season wasn't quite perfect, but everyone at the club should keep calm. There's still a long way to go this season. I'm sure Köln will win promotion to the Bundesliga, latest next season if not this.

Markus Hoffmann reporting from Cologne