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Podolski wants Arsenal to look forward

29 September 2012 12:34

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says it is time the club forgot about the off-season departures of Robin van Persie and Alex Song.

Germany international Podolski urged the club to look forward with their new stars such as himself, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.

While admitting he would have liked Van Persie and Song to stay at the Emirates, Podolski believes it is now time Arsene Wenger's side moved on.

"It would have been better (had Robin Van Persie and Alex Song stayed)," Podolski told the Daily Mail.

"But we have Cazorla and Giroud now. Great players have left but we have to look forward."

The 27-year-old has conjured up an instant connection with Cazorla and says he does not understand how the Spanish playmaker has not been playing at this level sooner.

"In the offence I like to play with Cazorla. You see this in the matches. I am looking for him and he is looking for me," he added.

"I like playing with him. I can't understand why he was playing for Villarreal and Malaga and not a bigger team earlier.

"I'm looking forward to playing the next four years with him."

Podolski has enjoyed a fine start to his Arsenal career with three goals already this season but has warned his fans it is still early to label him a hero.

"It is too early to say: 'Podolski is a hero'," he said.

"After only five or six games you cannot say: 'He's the best player and Arsenal are great.' I don't like this.

"After 20 matches and we have lost six matches everyone will be saying Arsenal is rubbish and Podolski is rubbish. We must wait. I signed for four years. Not for five or six matches."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
29 September 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
60101

Goals

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20' Fernando Torres
 (assist by Mata)
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53' Mata

Lineups

# Player Bookings
24
5 53'
28
6
25
8
2
19
16 35'
9
27 42'
Coach: A. Wenger
# Player Bookings
1
3
26
2
4 48'
12
7 90+2'
17
11 39'
9 20'
10 53'
Coach: R. Di Matteo

Substitutes

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13
24
34
6
8
22
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