By Joe Brewin

Per Mertesacker insists Arsenal fans will soon see the best of Lukas Podolski.

The Germany international striker made his competitive debut for the Club in Saturday’s goalless draw against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium.

But although Podolski did not add to his pre-season brace against Cologne, his compatriot Mertesacker believes the forward is only just getting started.

“It was tough for him [on Saturday] because it was his first game up front,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “I think he will get used to the game, switch on quickly and score a lot for us.

“You have seen that he has a good technique and he is good in possession. We have the players who can pass him the ball. He is a good finisher too and we will see that in a couple of weeks.

“We saw a lot of misunderstandings [against Sunderland], especially in the first half. One guy maybe wanted the one-two, the other in behind. So we need a bit of time, especially with the new players. We had a few new players who were playing their first game over 90 minutes. But I think it is coming.”

Mertesacker made his first competitive appearance since suffering an ankle injury that kept him out of action for three months in last season’s reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light.

“It was a bit weird [being back] but the pitch was much better than Sunderland away!” he said. “I felt very comfortable so now I just have to go on.

“I did not feel any pain, my ankle is fine and I am looking forward to the next game and the season. It is very important for us to start well and be aware at Stoke.”

Watch the full interview with Per on Arsenal Player now. 

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20 Aug 2012