It's been an up and down week for Arsenal footballers in Germany. First the Sunday edition of Kicker had worry about Mesut Ozil's form splashed over their cover and critcism from some of the country's great and good inside. Then Lukas Podolski was grilled in an interview about fears he may possibly have for his World Cup place, he didn't have any.
After that Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker were given the fans' favourite awards for Germany's previous two internationals and felt the love from the DFB.
Then both of those men started against Chile, with Ozil setting up the only goal of the game and putting in a decent performance. Just when he thought his luck was turning he left the pitch to boos from some of the crowd, with Oliver Bierhoff and others having to come out and defend the player.
Now follows some good news for Podolski; his manager loves him. The German attacker has a book out soon and asked Joachim Low to write the foreword. It was a task taken with enthusiasm and if Podolski ever had any doubts about his World Cup involvement then those will have been eased when he read it.
"There are people who are happy to support, one of those people is Lukas Podolski.
"The fact that I'm a big fan of Lukas Podolski is no secret. Of course he has that direct, disarming, cheerful way, but he is so much more than just the joker in the team, he ensures a good mood."
Lukas Podolski does for Germany what Pepe Reina does for Spain. Except Podolski actually gets on the pitch.
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