Claudio Pizarro signs for Arsenal’s Europa League rivals Cologne

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ARSENAL could come up against Claudio Pizarro in the Europa League after he signed for Cologne.

Former Chelsea striker Pizarro, who turns 39 next week, joins Cologne after leaving rival German side Werder Bremen at the end of last term.

 Claudio Pizarro could face Arsenal after joining Cologne

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Claudio Pizarro could face Arsenal after joining Cologne
 Arsenal's home game against Cologne was marred by crowd trouble

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Arsenal’s home game against Cologne was marred by crowd trouble

The Bundesliga basement side have snapped up Pizarro after scoring just one goal in their opening six league matches.

Pizarro is the top overseas striker of all time in the German top flight with 191 goals from 430 matches with Bayern Munich and Bremen.

Cologne are in need of firepower and sorely miss Anthony Modeste.

The French forward was sent on loan to Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian in a transfer which could earn Cologne up to £30million.

But while Pizarro has a brilliant scoring record in Germany, the Gunners will hope his Premier League form resurfaces if they come up against him.

The retired 85-cap Peru international netted just twice in 31 league and cup games during his single season at Chelsea.

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 Pizarro joined Chelsea's Jose Mourinho on a free in 2007

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Pizarro joined Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho on a free in 2007

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 Pizarro scored just twice in his sole season at Stamford Bridge

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Pizarro scored just twice in his sole season at Stamford Bridge

He got 25 minutes in a Prem clash against the Gunners, with Blues losing 1-0 to a 45th-minute goal from William Gallas.

Pizarro headed to Stamford Bridge on a free in the summer of 2007 on a four-year deal.

But his first-season struggles saw a return to former club Werder Bremen on loan.

After a successful stint he joined permanently in 2009, before heading back to Bayern.

A third spell followed at Bremen, who released him in the summer.

 Pizarro in action for Bayern during a clash with Roy Keane's Man Utd

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Pizarro in action for Bayern during a clash with Roy Keane’s Man Utd

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