Per Mertesacker backs "fantastic" Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski
© PA Photos
Per Mertesacker believes that his Germany teammate Lukas Podolski will be a success at Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker believes that his international colleague Lukas Podolski will be a success at Arsenal.

The Gunners confirmed that they had agreed a deal to sign the German striker from FC Cologne last week.

Discussing the 26-year-old's impending arrival, Mertesacker has admitted that he cannot wait to play alongside the centre-forward at the Emirates Stadium.

"He is very confident. When he feels he has to be there for the team and when we needed a goal he was always there," he told the club's official website. "He was always one of the best players on the pitch and nothing could take him down. He is so confident and that is what I like.

"He is a fantastic striker. Everywhere he has played he has scored a lot of goals. He is very good on the left when he has the ball in front of him, that is a big quality and very good for us.

"I think he has good physical power and that is what is needed in the Premier League. He is very quick too. It is a challenge for him but he can cope with it."

Podolski will join Arsenal in the summer.

Per Mertesacker
Read Next:
Mertesacker "very comfortable" at Arsenal
>
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLeicester CityLeicester382312368363281
2Arsenal382011765362971
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs381913669353470
4Manchester CityMan City381991071413066
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991049351466
6Southampton381891159411863
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham381614865511462
8Liverpool3816121063501360
9Stoke CityStoke38149154155-1451
10Chelsea381214125953650
11Everton381114135955447
12Swansea CitySwansea381211154252-1047
13Watford38129174050-1045
14West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom381013153448-1443
15Crystal Palace38119183951-1242
16Bournemouth38119184567-2242
17Sunderland38912174862-1439
RNewcastle UnitedNewcastle38910194465-2137
RNorwich CityNorwich3897223967-2834
RAston Villa3838272776-4917