Lukas Podolski expressed his delight at Arsenal's fourth-place Premier League finish that sealed UEFA Champions League football next season.The striker was Arsene Wenger's marquee signing in July 2012 and he has repaid the faith shown in him by the Frenchman with a double-figure goal tally this season.
120, or even penalties we will see who the winner will be."
Podolski's team-mate and fellow Germany international Per Mertesacker is also unsure who will come out victorious at Wembley when the top two teams in the Bundesliga meet.
"(What is important is) that Bayern and Dortmund show their best possible performances," he said. "Just the way they already have all season long. Lots of pressure on the opposition, quick plays.
"I think we have all been surprised by what is possible for them, especially in the Champions League. I think both teams deserve the win. But there can only be one winner.
"I think there is going to be a great atmosphere surrounding the stadium and all over London."
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs believes his team's superb end-of-season form will make them stronger next term.Arsene Wenger's side went unbeaten in their last 10 English Premier League games, winning eight to secure UEFA Champions League football for another season, as they pipped local rivals Tottenham to fourth place.
Steve Harper has thanked Newcastle fans for the rousing reception he received during his final game for the club against Arsenal on Sunday.Harper joined the club as an 18-year-old and has spent the majority of his career as back-up goalkeeper, but he was delighted to get one more start before ending his 20-year association with the club.
honest, I haven’t got half the ability of some of the people in that
room. But what I have got is I give my all, day in and day out for the
"And if you do that, that’s the sort of response you get from the fans."
Theo Walcott called on Arsenal to push for the Premier League title next season after securing a UEFA Champions League berth.For the second year running, a Laurent Koscielny winner secured passage into Europe's premier competition, as he scored the only goal in Sunday's 1-0 victory at Newcastle.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew feels his squad owe the fans a debt following a poor campaign which ended with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed his players' attitude after they sealed a top-four finish on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Newcastle.
Arsenal secured their place in next season's UEFA Champions League with a tense win over Newcastle on Sunday.Laurent Koscielny proved to be the hero for Arsenal as he fired acrobatically past Steve Harper from close range after latching on to the end of a Theo Walcott free-kick to book the Emirates Stadium outfit's place in Europe's top club competition next term.
That proved to be enough for the Gunners as they held off a
spirited fightback from the hosts to claim the points.
Newcastle made two changes from the team that secured
safety against QPR last weekend, with Steven Taylor coming in for Mike
Williamson and goalkeeper Steve Harper making his final appearance for the club
in place of the suspended Rob Elliot.
Arsene Wenger's side remained unchanged
following their win over Wigan, but Olivier Giroud returned to the squad
The London outfit made the better start to the
game, but it was the hosts who had the first clear chance, Papiss Cisse firing
over after latching on to a low cross from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Arsenal had their first opportunity as Koscielny headed wide from a corner at the near post.
Newcastle displayed good spirit, and the
visitors' dominance soon faded, as Cisse and Yoan Gouffran both squandered
Wenger's men suffered a blow midway through the
first half when Mikel Arteta was forced off with a calf problem to be replaced
by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The contest developed into something of a war of
attrition thereafter, with both sides enjoying spells of possession without
creating any real goalscoring opportunities before the interval.
Arsenal, though, could have been ahead just a
minute into the second period, Harper making a strong save from Walcott
after Newcastle had carelessly given the ball away in their own half.
That chance proved to be a pointer to Arsenal's opener, as
Koscielny latched on to Lukas Podolski's flick-on from Walcott's right-wing
free-kick after 52 minutes to volley home.
Pardew's charges were not deterred by falling
behind and continued to create chances, with Gouffran going closest as he failed to
connect with a near-post ball from Mathieu Debuchy before Hatem Ben Arfa fired
wide from distance.
Arsenal were able to hold on without much difficulty for the remainder of the second half, but they should have added a second when Walcott broke free to hit the post late on - with the ball rebounding safely back into Harper's grasp.
Ultimately, that miss proved inconsequential though, as Wenger's men held on to continue the French manager's streak of ensuring UEFA Champions League football in every year of his tenure.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has reportedly offered a share of one million pounds to certain staff members if they beat Arsenal on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal's destiny is in their own hands as they travel to Newcastle aware that a win will secure a top-four finish.Having started the Premier League season strongly, Arsenal's form dipped in October and November which threatened a top-four finish, but a return to winning ways in the second-half of the campaign has left them in pole position to claim a UEFA Champions League spot.
Arsenal will be looking for a rare win at St James' Park against Newcastle to secure a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.With fourth position in the English Premier League yet to be decided heading into the final day of the season, Arsenal need a victory on Sunday to be assured of a top-four finish ahead of arch-rivals Tottenham, who host Sunderland.
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is eager to secure UEFA Champions League qualification with a win at Newcastle on Sunday.The Germany international moved to the Emirates Stadium in July 2012, scoring 11 goals in his debut season, and now wants to finish the season on a high by helping Arsenal to finish in the top four for the 16th consecutive season.
Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is looking forward to appearing in Newcastle's final game of the season against Arsenal on Sunday.The 38-year-old was called into action against Queens Park Rangers last Sunday after Rob Elliot was sent off in the second-half of the club's 2-1 win.
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|21-05||Gibbs wants to build on strong finish|
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|20-05||Walcott wants title tilt next term|
|19-05||Pardew: We owe debt to fans|
|19-05||Wenger praises Arsenal belief|
|19-05||Premier League: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1|
|19-05||Ashley ´offers incentive´ for Magpies win|
|17-05||Wenger: Destiny in our own hands|
|17-05||Premier League Preview: Newcastle v Arsenal|
|17-05||Podolski focused on UEFA Champions League qualification|
|14-05||Harper ready for Arsenal game|