Bacary Sagna believes that Lukas Podolski has the qualities to help Arsenal win a trophy next season and stressed Arsene Wenger’s importance to squad confidence by describing him as a father figure.
Speaking last weekend on duty for the club in Nigeria, the French international, who is still recovering from his second broken leg in seven months, spoke positively about the coming season.
“We will have a great team and we just hope to win something next season,” said the right-back.
“We will like to win the Premier League and I think we are getting even more powerful. We are signing new players and we look forward to a great season.
“The new players in the team are talented. For instance Podolski was named as the Best Young Player at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He is very young, very powerful and he has some pace and can even score. So, he will bring a lot to the team; we need these kind of players.”
“I think Wenger is more than a coach and that is crucial for us. He is like our dad. He stays positive even when we play badly. When we are losing a game he keeps encouraging us.
“It was evident last season when we were in 10th position and we managed to win a Champions League spot by the time the season eventually ended.”
Despite his fitness problems the Frenchman also explained that he is as determined as ever to please Arsenal fans across the globe.
“Last season was a bit disappointing because I had two bad injuries in seven months. But I had to stay positive. I want to play football and I keep working hard. I am looking forward to next season.
“We are doing our best in Europe to make our fans happy. We know we have lot of fans here (Nigeria). It’s a big opportunity to come and meet them. I am looking forward to come back with the team next year if I have the opportunity.”
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