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Podolski hails master coach Wenger

Created on 26 Dec., 2012 6:06 PM GMT

Lukas Podolski thinks Arsene Wenger is a 'super coach and human', and has praised the Frenchman's football philosophy at Arsenal.

German forward Podolski, who arrived in the off-season transfer window from Bundesliga club Cologne, has said he feels settled in the English Premier League.

The 27-year-old is looking forward to a 'dream draw' against former club Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, and is also determined to regain his place in the German national squad.

"(Wenger is) a super coach and human. He speaks to everyone internally and has a clear philosophy about the inner-workings of the club," he told Kicker.

"People are very respectful to me here. When I leave the training ground, I'm not followed. I am happy to have taken this step. Not just in terms of football as I have also settled in well."

Arsenal face a difficult challenge from last year's Champions League finalists, but Podolski believes the tie could be decided in his team's favour in the first game at the Emirates Stadium.

"It's a dream draw. I'm looking forward to seeing (Uli) Hoeness, Jupp Heynckes and my colleagues from the national team. However, there's a small advantage that we're playing at home first.

"If you want to win the trophy, you have to take the opponents as they come."

And while he has not started every club game of late, the forward still has faith in his ability to succeed for Germany.

"Just because I haven't started a few games, I do not doubt my potential to start in the national team. (Joachim Loew) told me that I will continue to play an important role in the team."

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