Lukas Podolski admits Arsenal’s proclivity for conceding the first goal in games needs to stop if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the top four.
Pinpointing the threat of London rivals Sp*rs and Chelsea, but not mentioning Everton behind whom the Gunners sit in sixth, the German stressed that the Gunners have to hit top form in the coming months having gone two goals behind in three of the last four league games.
“It is a problem,” Podolski is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
“We must start strong from the first minute and score the first goal. In the last weeks that has always been the problem – we must fight and come back.
“Chelsea and Spurs are strong. It is a strong league and we must fight every game.
“We want to finish first, but the difference is too big now. We lost a lot of points in the first half of the Premier League and now the difference is too big.
“We must fight for the Champions League places and this is our focus. We will do it.”
Theo Walcott was similarly bullish when interviewed after the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday night. Eyeing Saturday’s visit of Tony Pulis’ orc army, the in-form striker said he was hoping for a return to winning ways.
“We’re at home, we’re very strong and we need to pick up three points rather than a point,” he told Arsenal.com.
“If we show the performance from the second half [against Liverpool] then I am sure we will beat them.”