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…