Three goals in three consecutive games, blossoming partnerships with his attacking cohorts and the inheriting of a popular Emirates ditty; there’s little wonder Lukas Podolski is enjoying life at Arsenal.
While Gooners across the globe were excited by the addition of a seasoned German international, few really knew for sure what the former Cologne man would deliver on the pitch. Would he be a left-sided grafter? A creative ‘false nine’? An out-and-out goal scorer? Well, so far, it looks as though he’s a bit of everything…
Reflecting on his first few months in London, Podolski revealed how welcome he has been made to feel in London and how Arsene Wenger’s football philosophy matches his own.
“When I came on the first day to the club everyone made it easy for me. Not only the team around the team, the coaches, the physios, the president and all the staff make it easy for me. I feel happy at Arsenal. It is good for me.
“The team and Arsene Wenger make it easy on the pitch. Last week we played very well. This is the style of football that I like – we play with one or two touches.We play straight to the front and this is the style that I like.
While the goals have been flowing in recent weeks, the 27-year-old, who netted 20 times in the Bundesliga last term, played down any talk of a goal target and early suggestions of an Arsenal title tilt.
“We have only played four or five matches and we are not ready to speak about the title or the Champions League.
“We must carry on playing like the last few matches and we must keep on fighting.
“When you are playing up front you want to score goals and like to score goals. when you score goals you are very happy for yourself and for the team.
“I don’t know about targets – we will see. We have only played four or five matches and I have three goals and I am very happy about the good start for me and for the team.
“We must keep fit and well – it is a long, long season and we don’t have a break in the winter like in Germany. So it is different for me, but I like to play football and be on the pitch.”
While it’s great to hear that the player himself is happy, it’s almost more positive to hear that the boss is equally pleased with the adaptation of his summer recruit.
“He looks happy to be here and he has integrated into the team,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“He is a happy boy, [with a] happy nature. Plus he’s a good communicator, he speaks English quite well already. That helps. Overall, he’s a positive character.
“I believe as well that today in the modern game, to be a top level player, you need to be a top-level worker first. There’s no room anymore for anything else. He understands that.”6,045 views