PODOLSKI NEEDS GAMES
After recently returning from injury, Lukas Podolski has been getting a run of matches especially due to injuries to key players like Jack Wilshere. He is expected to start against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League match between the two clubs. This would give him a great opportunity to score against his former club where he spent a couple of years before coming to England. Podolski, though, is not looking forward to this encounter to prove a point, but he wants to get into the quarter-finals with a great comeback.
Many have already written off the chances of Arsenal reaching the quarter-finals, but Podolski says that everything is still possible. He says that a successful comeback will heavily rely upon the Premier league outfit scoring an early goal in the first half. This is not the first time Arsenal will be visiting the Allianz arena. They came close to reaching the quarter-finals last season, but a late goal from Laurent Koscielny turned out to be a consolation only. Podolski wants to avoid a repeat of the same and says that an early goal will give Arsenal a lot of belief.
Guardiola has said that Bayern Munich should not be complacent and they will not make the same mistake from last season when they almost allowed Arsenal to recover from a 3-1 first leg deficit.
“It is normal that no one believes in us, when we lost 2-0 at home. We, the players, we’re going after the qualification. We have to play as good as we did in the first 15 minutes of the first game. The main thing is to score a goal in the first half. Then everything will be possible,” said the striker to Sky Sports ahead of the match.
Podolski has seven goals in 15 matches for Arsenal this season.