Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Arsenal

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Signal Iduna Park

Last Game

B Dortmund 2 - 0 Arsenal

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group D

Wenger backing for Podolski

Arsene Wenger accepts that Lukas Podolski has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, but is confident the Germany striker will soon find his feet.

Last Updated: 10/11/12 at 10:45 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger on Lukas Podolski:  'There is no room for anybody to work less

Arsene Wenger on Lukas Podolski: 'There is no room for anybody to work less

Podolski, who was signed from Cologne for £10.9m in the summer, has been quoted as saying he would like a more central role, having been deployed on the left-hand side primarily by his manager.

"He started well but he works very hard, and in recent games he has been a bit less fresh. He's not used to working at that level of intensity," Wenger said. "So when you come to England, it's a shock.

"In England, you have Wayne Rooney, who works his socks off ... you have everybody who works hard. There is no room for anybody to work less or you don't exist.

"For example, Saturday's game at Man United, where we were not very good the physical intensity of the game was absolutely unbelievable. If you have one or two players who don't do that, you just don't exist at all.

"Podolski will adapt, I don't worry for him. He has a very good spirit and he wants to do very well.

"Of course, because he tries to help the team, sometimes he does some work now ... but he will get used to it. He can as well play through the middle or behind the striker. That is one of the reasons I brought him.

"I brought him with the idea that, when needed, he would play through the middle. I like the idea but we will use him where he is useful for the team."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Championship news: Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to leave club

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears set to leave the club following talks over his future, Sky sources understand.

Championship: Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City

Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City, with the option to extend for a further year.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

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