Arsene Wenger has hailed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud after their goals fired Arsenal to 3 points at Craven Cottage today.
The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half, followed by two strikes from the German’s Hammeriffic left foot, and speaking to the media afterwards the Arsenal manager was quick to praise their efforts.
Speaking about Podolski he said, “I am pleased for him because he hasn’t started much recently more because of the balance of the team than his performances.
“I am pleased because he plays with a lot of spirit and he can score goals. Everybody in the squad loves Lukas and I want to keep him. When a player doesn’t play he is not happy and recently he did not always start but if you look at his and Giroud’s goalscoring record it’s very good.”
And Giroud, who got his third goal in as many games this season, also drew praise from his manager.
“His second season is always better than his first one. You could see as well technically today that he was quite impressive. His physical presence up front is very important and I think he looks like he’s much more confident than last year.”
Podolski had been linked with a move away from the club this week, with Schalke apparently interested, but Wenger ruled out any chance of him leaving the club.
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