The Germany international this week confirmed his transfer to the Gunners from next season, but he still has some unfinished business in Cologne.
Victory over Bayern Munich tomorrow [Saturday] would secure their place in a play-off against the side which finishes third in the second division.
Any other result could see Cologne go down automatically, depending on how Hertha Berlin fare against Hoffenheim, but Podolski does not want tomorrow [Saturday] to be his last game at the Mungersdorfer Stadion.
"Our aim is to remain in the Bundesliga and to beat Bayern, and we have the chance to do that," said the Germany forward.
"When the game gets under way, I will be ready."
While Podolski will be bidding his farewell to the club, he has left the door open for a return in the future, when he hopes Cologne can be as attractive an option as Arsenal.
"I hope that it is uphill from here, like I was promised at the beginning," he said at a press conference.
"The club has got to start afresh with a new president. I hope it does not mean that everything falls apart because Podolski has gone.
"Cologne is and remains my club. Of course I can imagine coming back."
Bayern may be forgiven for thinking about their future tomorrow with two arguably more important games on the horizon.
They face Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal and Chelsea in the Champions League final over the coming fortnight, but they will also try to honour their last Bundesliga game of the season.
"For Cologne, relegation is a risk," said Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos to the Bild newspaper.
"We always have the aim to win, believe it or not. We don't like losing - that is never pleasant.
"We want to end the season with a good feeling to take with us into the cup finals."