Gunners captain and talisman Robin Van Persie has admitted his happiness at seeing another star striker enter the Emirates doors in the form of Lukas Podolski.
The German international was strongly linked with Arsenal since the end of last year with Wenger’s men clearly lacking depth in the striking department, and the wait is finally over after it the transfer was made official this week. The Frenchman’s side has been over reliant on their captain RVP this season, and while he admits that there has been a certain amount of pressure, he has welcomed the challenge and is excited to play alongside Podolski.
With Van Persie’s contract set to expire next season there is a slight possibility that the Dutchman, who has been in sensational form this season, may be sold if he does not re-sign a fresh contract. But in the meantime Gunners fans can take some pleasure hearing their captain praise Arsenal’s latest signing.
Van Persie told Sky Sports News:
He’s a really good player. I know that he has played 91, 92 times games for Germany, which says it all.
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He is a really good player, an experienced player and he has been in the game at the highest level for more than eight years.
He had a little trip to Munich a couple of years ago and then came back to Cologne.
He is a great player and a great character to have around because he’s a winner. When we played against Cologne in pre-season you could see that he’s a winner.
Even though it was a friendly he was doing absolutely everything to win and we are very happy that he’s coming to Arsenal.
Van Persie’s sensational form has seen the Dutch international dubbed the FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year, however he has felt no extra pressure to perform as he has had such high standards of himself, the striker admitted:
There’s always pressure and I have my own pressure.
I ask a certain standard of my game, that’s not something new. I always ask myself to provide assists, to score goals and help my team-mates out.
This year and the second part of last season has gone really well. I always ask those standards of my game.
It is extremely positive to hear Van Persie’s comments as many think that if Wenger dips into the transfer market and strengthens the side so that they challenge for top honours next season, then the Dutchman will extend his terms with the club. Podolski is hopefully the beginning of a busy summer that will see a host of lackluster Arsenal players leave (Almunia, Squillaci, Arshavin, Denilson etc) and some fresh, talented faces head to the Emirates.
Podolski should mark the beginning of a new Arsenal revolution, they have the bones for a Champions League/Premier League winning side, just needs a bit more sprucing and a sensational captain to continue to lead them..