Podolski: Arsenal 'a great club' and 'every day I enjoy it on the pitch '

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Lukas Podolski has been linked with an exit from North London recently but it certainly seems as though he will be staying.

Arsenal’s German attacker Lukas Podolski has earned a reputation as one of the more laid back members of the Gunners squad - and certainly one which the fans are fond of.

He is also always very open when talking to the media - and this week he has been speaking to The Green Soccer Journal as their cover star for their latest release.

He spoke about many things - including his hopes for Germany in the World Cup - and his early life as well as current feelings at Arsenal.

On his upbringing he spoke of a tough but fun time in which he grew up after his parents emigrated from Gilwice, Poland:

“When I was young everyone after school, the focus was on football - go out and play. I lived in a poor area so it was a lot of money for balls or for like equipment. Old ball, you don’t have goals so we create something, I miss that time because it was a great time…You must love this game and when you come out on this pitch you must say ‘come on this is what you love, this is what you do’ every day I enjoy it on the pitch.”

He also spoke of the Premier League and his happiness at Arsenal.

In recent months he has been linked with an exit from the club as he struggles to get regular starting football with The Gunners. But judging by his comments it seems he has no desire to leave the Premier League and more specifically Arsenal - where he is certainly a firm fan favourite:

“I think the Premier League is the best league in the world. When I went to Arsenal I see it on the pitch, the speed the power is good the crowd the fans the stadium. It’s similar to Germany but I think the Premier League is one step higher. We have five, six, seven teams that fight for the title.

When you play for a great club like Arsenal it is not only Arsene Wenger it is the stuff around the team they are all great from the first day. We have a nice spirit in the team you feel very well there in the club...”

So it certainly seems that Podolski is enjoying being at Arsenal just as much as the fans enjoy having him.

And it doesn’t sound like he will be going anywhere soon.

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