Free-scoring Lukas Podolski says Arsenal’s win against Liverpool was welcome but says the team must continue to ‘fight’ for results in the Premier League.
Comparing the pressure at Arsenal to that of his previous club, Podolski says there’s an expectation that Arsenal should challenge for the title and that will only come through hard work.
“The Premier League is hard,” he said. “It is not like in Spain where it is only Barcelona and Real Madrid who fight for the championship.
“In the Premier League you have five or six teams who want the championships and we are one of them. We must fight, we have 35 matches more and we must play like we did today. When we play like this, we are in the first five in the Premier League.
“We played very well, we must keep like this, fight and run and then we have more of these games and more of these points.”
The hard work has brought about good results and obvious defensive improvement, something which Podolski’s German teammate, Per Mertesacker, says has filled the team with confidence.
Speaking to the official site, he said, “We had to believe a lot, because our squad has had many changes and some important players have moved. We didn’t know where we stood, but we are very happy now.
“You could see it in the dressing room directly after the match. We are very proud to play for Arsenal. We had a great opportunity here to show everybody what Arsenal is.
“We now have to focus on our strengths and that is vital for the next few weeks, to stay near the top of the league.
“A lot of challenges are coming after the international break but we are looking forward to them because we are full of confidence. We showed that against Liverpool.”