Arsenal attacker Podolski thriving in derby atmosphere

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is enjoying the London derbies.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is enjoying the London derbies.

The Germany international played a key role in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory at West Ham on Saturday, claiming an assist for Olivier Giroud’s first-half equaliser.

“The atmosphere was very good, the fans are crazy and you get a lot of derbies here,” the striker told Arsenal Player.

“In Germany you only have one or two derbies, here you have five! I like derbies but it was not good to lose to Chelsea at home.

“However, beating West Ham means we are back near the top of the league. I think it was a very important result.

“We saw the other teams at the top win, like Manchester City and Chelsea, so it was vital for us to get the three points before the [international] break.”

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