Lukas Podolski says he’s got a special affinity for derby games, and as such is looking forward to this weekend’s trip to White Hart Lane.
The Gunners face the old geographical enemy on Sunday and the German is set to play a key role in Arsene Wenger’s attack. Without Mesut Ozil due to his hamstring problem, and Aaron Ramsey who has suffered a little setback in his recover, the former Cologne man will start on the left and will look to build on the goalscoring performance he put against Bayern Munich in midweek.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, he talked about the importance of Sunday’s game, saying, “I’ve always liked derbies. When I played in Munich, or Cologne or even here in Arsenal I always liked derbies because there’s a special atmosphere and it’s a special fight.
“We want to go there, get the three points and drive back home. This is important for us. We must fight for the club, for the fans and I think this is an important game so I look forward to Sunday now.”
And he’s hoping to add to the derby goal he got at the Emirates last season.
“It’s always special when you score a goal,” he said, “but it’s more special when it’s in a special game or in a derby.
“So it was a special goal and a special moment.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping he can pick up where he left off in the Allianz Arena. ie – barging a defender out of the way and thumping a vicious shot past a motionless goalkeeper.