Podolski: I’ve never been in a team like this before

Podolski: I’ve never been in a team like this before

Lukas Podolski says he’s never been part of a team like the current Arsenal squad hailing the togetherness of the group and the fun they have on the pitch.

The German international, whose previous clubs include hometown club Cologne and Bayern Munich, made his first start for the Gunners since August in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City and spoke buoyantly about the Gunners title chances.

“We have a good team and we have a lot of fun together,” the 28-year-old told Arsenal.com.

“I’ve never been in a team like this before; we stay together, we have fun and we have played a good season so far.

“It has been really good and I hope we stay on top until the end of the season.”

In the aftermath of yesterday’s hard-fought win against Cardiff, Mathieu Flamini also paid tribute to the Arsenal’s squad team spirit.

“When you have opportunity after opportunity and you can’t find a goal it’s very frustrating,” he told Arsenal Player.

“These kind of games are not easy, but we played our football and found the goal so it’s positive.

“We have to fight for every point, we have to fight for every goal so it’s not easy but once again the team demonstrated great character, fighting spirit and a tough togetherness that is very important.

“The players gave a lot and we knew it was not going to be easy. Cardiff played well, they defended well so it’s not easy to find space in defence. We played our football and we tried to find this goal.”

Off the pitch by the time Nicklas Bendtner’s netted in the 89th minute, it’s fair to say Flamini enjoyed the Dane’s last-gasp strike (check this).

Now there’s a man with fire in his belly…

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  1. It’s clear to see that the players are willing to not fight only for the fans but for each other and I haven’t seen this in an Arsenal team for a very long time. Those are the qualities of a title winning side. The summer clear out of all that deadwood has done the team wonders!

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  2. I’ve been wondering when was the last time Poldi started a game and was not subbed. I remember blogs wondering whether this was a fitness thing last year, now I’m just puzzled.

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    • I don’t think he played 90 minutes all season, which, as you say, is very confusing There were reports in the German press that he had an ankle problem, requiring surgery in the summer, but Wenger never confirmed this and the surgery never took place. I reckon the Germans invented it, or exaggerated the extent of the problem, because they were baffled and miffed at how little game time their national-team star had been getting. Wenger himself, when pressed, mentioned only tiredness and how the difficult the lack of a winter break was for Germans who aren’t used to playing 9-10 months on the trot. He also said something about Podolski showing only 80 percent of his ability, which, though not incompatible with tiredness, does imply Wenger was slightly disappointed by him and had been expecting better and more. Let’s hope it comes. I was opposed to the signing, but I’ve grown to like him a lot. Very friendly player, lovely left foot: what’s not to like?

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    • Lighten up. Just last week he came on and made the difference. Still not fit and was played out of position yesterday.

      Not a shot at AW. Couldn’t play Nik or Poldi for 90 or play them together. He got his subs and change of tactics right.

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    • He works incredibly hard, but he gets too emotional. What he needs is to know exactly what the team needs from him, and what his role is, because currently he is being played all over the place and you can’t blame him for being confused. That security would undoubtedly bring the best out of him once again, and we might start seeing performances like the one against Barcelona all those years ago.

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    • Do you know the meaning of the label “jack of all trades”? Podolski might be a 3 of spades at most trades, but is a master of one: scoring goals. Despite the fact that he’s so left footed I think Daniel Day-Lewis played him in a movie once.

      Anyway, it’s enough to make him a very valuable member of the squad; at the very least he’s one of the finest bench options there is when chasing a game.

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    • You need to shut up mate. we stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning to watch games and your slating a player i value as one of the best in the squad. we love Arsenal but there is no chance we’ll ever see a live game and like i said watch games in the early hours. get behind your players and your team

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  4. I’m a big fan of Podolski. I’d like him to play more regularly at his best position, LW. But that’s not likely. Wenger will want to play both Ozil and Cazorla when both are fit. It seems as though Wenger will persist with Santi at LW, even though he’s better at CM/ACM. Still, I’d like to see Poldi getting more time at LW. I’d be gutted if he left.

    And is it just me or is Flamini sounding more and more like Wenger himself.

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  5. I spotted flamini’s reaction at MOTD yesterday. To be honest, I wouldn’t expect anything less from him. He gives his all to the cause every single game. I am delighted to have him back. All this positivity is rubbing off on fringe players as well. I have never seen bredtner so determined and driven. He has three goals (1 incorrectly disallowed at city) in three times he has played. All this reminds me of the 01-02 season where every player was giving his best.

    I remember Kanu of all people coming on to score very late against Hammers at home in very similar circumstances.

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  6. Now I’ve… had… the time of my life
    And I’ve never felt this way before
    Yes I swear
    It’s the truth
    And I owe it all to you-oo-oo-oo-ooo

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  7. I admit i was a bit skeptical about the resigning of Flamini, but all he has demonstrated is dedication, determination and talent. An awesome contributor. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the team with this much positive enthusiasm and camaraderie. COYG!!!!!!

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  8. Wilshire was denied a 100% penalty.Now Moyes has complained Webb didn’t give his team a spot kick.
    The question is when will the FA or ref boss take action against errant refs.
    These guys in black shd be held accountable.

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    • We have been done over a few times over the last few weeks. So no there will be no refs getting there stood down over performances in our matches. However because the mighty ushited have kicked off and whinged against one of there own Webb might end up getting bummed over.

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  9. It is great to see the team working for each other this season. We’re absolutely blessed in midfield at the moment. We can play most combinations and they tend to slot in quite neatly together. They know the game plan and are all contributing both in putting in defensive shifts and getting forward well.

    Flamini, for me, has been the best signing of the season and absolutely epitomizes the new attitude across the team.
    I know lots of us were unsure about him when it was rumoured he would come back, but what you get from him is absolute dedication to the cause for 90 minutes or for as long as he’s on the pitch. He may see out his contract again and head to Marseille as he has said he would like to, but I am absolutely delighted we’ve got him in the here and now.

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  10. Webb is off the Fergie payroll. No more favours for United.

    We did however, get screwed by poor decision making. Couldn’t believe when Jack got fouled by Medal that a pen wasn’t given. Poor, really poor. But….we’re top of the league!

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  11. It’s good to get confirmation but you could see the team jelling turning super glue since last season. It does reflect on the pitch and you have to be a right knob or a spud to deny it, although spuds are knobs.. Love Poldi ! top the league !!!

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  12. Blogger (and the Arseblog news team) – just a note to say THANK YOU for not putting those Christ-tickling autoplay Premier League News videos on your site.

    I don’t ever think the blogs and Daily Mails of the world will ever figure out how terrible their sites are for tabbed browsing. You guys are a beacon of light in a sea of media Water Sheringhams.

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