Arsenal will take on Cologne next weekend in a friendly arranged as part of the deal which brought
The club has not yet been able to formally announce the signing of Cazorla owing to complications caused by the financial plight of his current club Malaga, but the Spanish side's problems are not expected to jeopardise the completion of the deal.
The recruitment of Cazorla would be the third major piece of transfer business completed by Arsenal in the close season, with Podolski and Montpellier forward
It has also been heavily linked with Real Madrid midfielder
Cazorla was part of
He was Malaga's flagship signing of last northern summer but the club is experiencing severe financial difficulties and looks set to offload a number of big names before the new Primera Division campaign begins.
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has joined Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan deal.
The 19-year-old England youth international is set for a second spell playing in the Championship, having ended the last campaign on loan at Reading and helping it win promotion to the Premier League.
A short statement on www.arsenal.com confirmed the news, adding: "Everyone at the club wishes Benik well for his time with Bolton."
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