The 34-year-old, who left Japanese J-League club Vissel Kobe at the end of his contract, will sign an 18-month deal with the side from Antalya
The 34-year-old, who left Japanese J-League club Vissel Kobe at the end of his contract, will sign an 18-month deal with the side from Antalya.
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He was best known at Arsenal for his finishing ability, with his powerful shots having been recorded at speeds of 160km/h.
“He’s certainly one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen,” said his manager Arsene Wenger in 2012. “If there’s one you want to see in front of the goal in a shooting position, it’s him.”
Rumours had circulated throughout the Germany international’s time in Japan that he would eventually look to make a return to Europe.
In 2019, it had been thought that he would make a comeback at former club Koln.
He had also spent time with Bayern Munich, making 106 appearances for the German giants.
He joins an Antalyaspor side that are 16th in the Turkish Super Lig and in a fight to stave off relegation from the top flight.
The club last won the title in 1986 and are currently a point adrift of safety.
They have been in the top division since being promoted as champions in 2015, and last season finished comfortably in mid-table.