Successive goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke and raised fears Arsene Wenger’s side would struggle but Podolski believes there is plenty to be optimistic about over the coming months.
“We played very well in the first two matches but when you don’t have the three points in the matches against Stoke and Sunderland, the press, they write that you play no good,” he said. “But I think we played very well, we only didn’t score the goal.
“It is normal. When I played for Cologne and you don’t win matches, it is only a negative atmosphere. It is the same in Arsenal. Arsenal is a big club and you want to win all the matches. The first two matches, we only had one point each and that was not good enough. Today we played very well and we are happy about this.”