Podolski backed to shine

Mertesacker confident compatriot will be a big hit in England

Lukas Podolski: A proven goalscorer at domestic and international level

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Lukas Podolski has been backed to 'score a lot' once he finds his feet at Arsenal by fellow Germany international Per Mertesacker.

Mertesacker knows how difficult it can be to hit the ground running in England, having endured a tough start to his own time at the Emirates.

He is, however, confident that Podolski will be a big hit given time.

The 27-year-old is a proven goalscorer at domestic and international level, while his versatility provides tactical options in the final third.

Taking all of that into account, Mertesacker is convinced that Arsenal will get value for money from a man who made his Premier League debut in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

"It was tough for him (on Saturday) because it was his first game up front," the centre-half, who made his return from a long-term ankle injury against the Black Cats, told Arsenal Player.


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

Arsene Wenger commented after the goalless stalemate at the Emirates that his new-look attack lacks cohesion.

Mertesacker agrees, adding: "We saw a lot of misunderstanding, 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, but I think it is coming."