Per Mertesacker believes new boy Lukas Podolski has got what it takes to be a Premier League success with Arsenal.
The gigantoGerman is recovering from his ankle injury but was named in the provisional Germany squad for Euro 2012 where he’s likely to play alongside his soon to be Arsenal colleague. And he reckons Podolski’s confident nature will ensure he settles in and produces the goods for Arsenal.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Per played up his teamwork qualities, saying, “He is very confident. When he feels he has to be there for the team and when we needed a goal he was always there. He was always one of the best players on the pitch and nothing could take him down. He is so confident and that is what I like.”
And aside from that Podolski will be expected to take some of the goalscoring burden off Robin van Persie, and Mertesacker is sure he can do that.
“He is a fantastic striker,” he said. “Everywhere he has played he has scored a lot of goals. He is very good on his first [touch] when he has the ball in front of him, that is a big quality and very good for us.
“I think he has good physical power and that is what is needed in the Premier League. He is very quick too. It is a challenge for him but he can cope with it.”
Meanwhile, January arrival, youngster Thomas Eisfeld, says that Per has been a big help in his first months in England.
“The football in England is quicker and more physical than in Germany,” he said. “I have spoken to Per Mertesacker a lot, he has given me a lot of advice.
“He is a good guy. He has told me about life in London, and how to be on the pitch, he has been a big help.”
What a guy. He really puts the F in BFG.