Mertesacker insists Podolski will be better for Arsenal debut

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker insists Lukas Podolski will be better for his Premier League debut.

Podolski struggled to make an impact during the 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

“It was tough for him [on Saturday] because it was his first game up front,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “I think he will get used to the game, switch on quickly and score a lot for us.

“You have seen that he has a good technique and he is good in possession. We have the players who can pass him the ball. He is a good finisher too and we will see that in a couple of weeks.

“We saw a lot of misunderstandings [against Sunderland], especially in the first half. One guy maybe wanted the one-two, the other in behind. So we need a bit of time, especially with the new players. We had a few new players who were playing their first game over 90 minutes. But I think it is coming.”

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