Search

Arsenal star backs teammate to make up for RVP loss

15:32 20 August 2012

Lukas Podolski netted his third goal in as many games against Montpellier. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

Lukas Podolski netted his third goal in as many games against Montpellier. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Per Mertesacker reckons Lukas Podolski will prove a great signing for the Gunners

Per Mertesacker has backed his Arsenal teammate Lukas Podolski to make a big impact at the Emirates.

After the departure of goal machine Robin van Persie to Manchester United, Podolski and fellow new boy Olivier Giroud are under pressure to step up and deliver goals.

Podolski, a summer signing from Cologne, failed to find the net on his debut against Sunderland but his Germany teammate Mertesacker is certain he will come good.

“It was tough for him [on Saturday] because it was his first game up front,” Mertesacker told Arsenal’s official website.

“I think he will get used to the game, switch on quickly and score a lot for us.

“You have seen that he has a good technique and he is good in possession.

“We have the players who can pass him the ball.

“He is a good finisher too and we will see that in a couple of weeks.

“We saw a lot of misunderstandings [against Sunderland], especially in the first half.

“One guy maybe wanted the one-two, the other in behind.

“So we need a bit of time, especially with the new players.

“We had a few new players who were playing their first game over 90 minutes. But I think it is coming.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Fri, 07:15
Arsenal's Perry Groves battles for the ball with Leeds United's Chris Fairclough (c) and Chris Whyte (r)

Perry Groves has urged Arsenal to take their ‘Manchester City form’ to the south coast for their big FA Cup fourth round clash with Brighton on Sunday.

Thu, 11:53
Kian Thomas after his national novices title victory in December 2013

Kentish Town welterweight Kian Thomas admits his enthusiasm for boxing had waned of late – but believes his switch to the professional ranks will revive it.

Wed, 13:34
Valerian Spicer, Islington BC

Islington BC’s Valerian ‘The Dame’ Spicer has made history by securing her country’s first ever international podium finish at the Nations Cup tournament in Serbia.

Wed, 13:34
Regent's FC

Regent’s FC manager Des Casey expects the Islington Midweek League title race to go to the wire after his side triumphed 4-3 in a see-saw clash against rivals Myddleton Arms.

Most read sport

It’s easy to lose sight of how beautiful London is when you’re crammed into a commuter train. Let these flying Instagram users take you on a bird’s eye tour of London.

People have pretty good memories when it comes to the outstanding performance of a tub of lard on HIGNFY.

The UN ambassador unveiled IMPACT10X10X10, a new initiative to end gender inequality as part of the HeForShe campaign.

David Cameron and Tony Blair are among those paying tribute.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder