Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Newcastle

Monday, 28 April 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 0 - 3 Arsenal

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Podolski ready to contribute

Lukas Podolski is delighted to be fit again so he can begin to share the buoyant feeling in the Arsenal dressing room after their fine start.

Last Updated: 28/12/13 at 07:50 Post Comment   

Lukas Podolski: Returned with a goal against West Ham

Lukas Podolski: Returned with a goal against West Ham

The last four months have been physically and mentally tough for Podolski, but the forward now has a smile back on his face and has vowed to help his side fight for the title.

The 28-year-old's season was abruptly halted by a hamstring injury sustained in the 2-0 Champions League play-off defeat of Fenerbahce on August 27.

Arsene Wenger had initially expected Podolski to be back within 10 weeks, but it took until the trip to West Ham on Boxing Day for him to eventually return.

Introduced with 25 minutes remaining, the Germany international hit the ground running and struck home the final goal of the Gunners' 3-1 London derby win.

"I have been out for a long time, four months," Podolski said.

"It was not easy, but I was happy to play again. When you are out for a long time it is not easy, but I am happy to be back.

"I have never had a muscle injury before so it was a new experience and not easy.

"It was a hamstring injury, my left one. They take a long time. It is nearly four months since I played.

"Every morning you come in, you have treatment, you work to get fit while the others are working outside.

"It is not easy for the head, but this is the way and I am young enough to play a lot of matches."

Part of the psychological strain Podolski came under was thanks to his team-mates' success on the field, with Arsenal spending much of the first half of the season at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

"When you sit on the bench or in the stadium or on the couch at home it is not easy to watch," he said.

"You don't have the feeling with the team and in the dressing room. But that is the way it is in football, so I am all the more happy to be back."

Podolski's return should be a huge boost to Wenger, whose side have impressed this season but lacked attacking depth.

And now the German forward is back, he is intent on adding a Premier League title to the Bundesliga crown he won with Bayern Munich.

"Every match is important now, every match is about three points," Podolski added.

"We are top and of course we want to stay there.

"It is not easy because there are five or six teams who are all strong this season, but we have a strong team and we will fight."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property