Arsenal boss Wenger hoping Podolski continues Schalke scoring record

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects Lukas Podolski to be motivated against Champions League opponents Schalke.

In his previous four games against Schalke, he has scored three times.

Wenger said: “Lukas will be up for the game, although personally I don’t mind who scores.

“If we win, we are 90 per cent there in terms of qualifying. They are a team which try to play good football and build from the back.

“They have just had a good result in Dortmund. They are a solid side. Good up front. Dangerous on counter attacks. The Champions League is always a bit cagey.

“The players know we want a big performance.

“The most important thing is that we have the ball, express our talent and enjoy playing.

“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious. The players were very disappointed to lose at Norwich but we have to put that behind us and show a strong response.”

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