Podolski hails 'super' Wenger

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski lavished praise on manager Arsene Wenger and claimed he was enjoying himself playing for the club.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Podolski joined the Gunners from German outfit FC Koln for an undisclosed fee during the summer and has since established himself as a firm crowd favourite with his energetic displays down the left flank; the German international has already scored five goals and got himself five assists in 17 Premier League games for the club so far.

The Gunners have come under criticism this season for some of their substandard displays, with Wenger in particular coming under intense scrutiny, but Podolski has jumped to the French tactician's defence, expressing his belief that there is no one in the world better suited to lead the club than the 63-year-old.

"[Wenger's] a super coach and human," Podolski told Kicker.

"He speaks to everyone internally and has a clear philosophy about the inner workings of the club."

Podolski, who previously only ever played in Germany, also revealed that he had settled in well in England and had no regrets signing for the Gunners.

"People are very respectful to me here," Podolski added.

"When I leave the training ground, I'm not followed. 

"I am happy to have taken this step. Not just in terms of football as I have also settled in well."

With the Gunners having been drawn against Podolski's former club Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League, Podolski expressed his excitement at the prospect of clashing with Die Roten.

"It's a dream draw," Podolski mused.

"I'm looking forward to seeing [Uli] Hoeness, Jupp Heynckes and my colleagues from the national team. 

"However, there's a small advantage that we're playing at home first.

"If you want to win the trophy, you have to take the opponents as they come."

Podolski will likely feature for the Gunners when they take on Newcastle in their next Premier League game on Saturday.

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