Arsenal new boy Lukas Podolski thinks football fans in England are “crazy” and he is relishing the chance to play in so many derbies.
The Germany international was speaking following the Gunners comeback 3-1 win over London rivals West Ham United on Saturday evening, claiming to have been impressed by the atmosphere inside Upton Park.
It was a much needed win for Arsenal after only managing one point from their two previous Premier League fixtures, against Manchester City and Chelsea, despite their performances possibly warranting more, and Podolski certainly seemed to enjoy himself.
“The atmosphere was very good, the fans are crazy and you get a lot of derbies here,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“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.”
Podolski was the provider for Arsenal’s equaliser, curling an inch-perfect cross for another new signing, Olivier Giroud, to poke home.
The home side had taken the lead through a fine solo effort by Mohamed Diame, but Arsenal pressure paid off with a little over ten minutes remaining as Theo Walcott ran clear to slot home and give Arsene Wenger’s side the lead
Six minutes later, Santi Cazorla arrowed a terrific left-footed shot from 25 yards into the top corner, putting some gloss on the scoreline.