Arsene Wenger: Arsenal’s Germans boost squad

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Arsene Wenger believes the attitude of his German players at Arsenal have a positive effect on the squad.

The Gunners boss revealed the “professional attitude” of Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski can only be a good thing for the other players at Emirates Stadium.

“The Germans are usually very professional. They have a very professional attitude,” he told the official Arsenal website.

“They are always ready to work hard. We had good experiences with the German players we had before and as well, they have a very strong team attitude usually.

"Those are qualities of course that are welcome at the top level. What has changed today in the game, is that you need to bring it all to a team. Your talent is not enough.”

Podolski has been impressive since he joined Arsenal from Cologne in the summer, scoring four goals and providing Wenger with a hard-working option on the left side of his attacking three.

The Frenchman has certainly been impressed with what he has seen from the 27-year-old so far this season.

“He has a very friendly attitude and works very hard,” he added.

“He’s a team player and I think you can’t lie to the crowd. He’s very happy here. He’s a good voice to have in the dressing room. He has been received well.

"He’s ready for every game. He’s played very well for us until Saturday. On Saturday he was a bit less effective, like the whole team.

“We are very happy with him. He works very hard for the team. He scores goals and makes goals.”

Meanwhile, Mertesacker has improved vastly since his first season at the club, providing the Arsenal back four with some much-needed organisation and a calming influence.

They will be going up against some of their international team-mates when Bundesliga side Schalke 04 travel to north London for their third Champions League group stage fixture.

Both are expected to start and a win for Arsenal will see them stay top of the group with maximum points so far.

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