When Arsenal signed Lukas Podolski early in the summer, it was a great boost for fans of the club, mainly due to the German striker’s reputation and international record, but there were some doubts about his time at Bayern Munich and whether he could adapt to playing at the top level in the English Premier league.
The 27-year old striker settled quickly into the Arsenal team and has scored and assisted some good goals for the Gunners, but the pace of the English game and the amount of games seemed to take it’s toll on him and he struggled to have the same effect in a few games. A bit of a rest has re-invigorated him and Gooners should see him get better and better from now on.
“I am in a new country, I am learning a new mentality. I am with a top club, and am pleased with how professional this club is run. Everything has changed for the better.
“I have only been here for half a year, so it might be too early to take stock. I did understand people questioning that I never made it at Bayern and was relegated with Cologne. But I proved my qualities before the transfer. I was, and am, convinced that I will come out on top here.
Podolski only had one season at Bayern when he was 21-years old. He started well, but picked up an injury. Then the club signed a new striker and his opportunities became limited. That obviously knocked his confidence, but he is determined to prove himself at the top level at Arsenal. Podolski would love to help Arsenal to knock the German giants out of the Champions league and show them how good he really is. He could be a key player when we meet in the next round.