Arsenal’s assistant manager Steve Bould said he was delighted with the performance of newly acquired striker Lukas Podolski following Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Montpellier last night, reports The Mirror.
Bould was in charge for the night due to manager Arsene Wenger’s European touchline ban picked up in a last-16 tie against AC Milan last season. He said that he is impressed every time he sees his star striker play: “Podolski’s made a real impact. I’ve not seen many finishers as good as him – ever.”
The German international, who signed for Arsenal on loan from Cologne for an undisclosed fee in the summer, has now scored in each of his last three games for the Gunners.
“Right foot, left foot. They always go in at 100mph in training,” Bould said.
“He’s a good trainer, a good boy, he’s really added something this year.”
Meanwhile, Bould also admitted that one should not underestimate the importance of Arsenal’s victory in France last night: “It’s fabulous to get an early away win. We’ve had a decent start to the season and it’s important to keep the run going so it’s important all round, for the whole season.”
Thanks to the win in the south of France last night, Arsenal must surely be feeling optimistic about their chances of progressing to the last-16 stages of the Champions League already, with two successive home games against Olympiakos and Schalke 04 which they will be expected to win.
Bould attributed the hard fought victory to the togetherness that is currently evident within the camp: “We’ve got great team spirit and I think that was evident tonight. Everybody’s digging in and things are looking okay.”
In the week Arsene Wenger tipped Bould – who has led the Arsenal under-18 side to several league and cup titles – to be a future manager at the club. However, Bould is unsure whether he is ready to take the mantle of being a manager just yet.
“I’m not sure I enjoyed it. I’ve got a headache and a half.,” Bould added.
“It’s tough. It’s a different pressure to what I’ve been used to taking the under-18s but we won and we had a great result.”
The Gunners had to come from behind when Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was alleged to have bundled over Montepellier’s Younes Belhanda in the penalty area. The Moroccan international duly stepped up with an audacious chip to deceive Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
However, two goals in two first-half minutes from Podolski and Ivorian striker Gervinho ensured that Arsenal managed to hang on to the three points despite a dogged effort from Montpellier in the second half.