By Nik Brumsack
Lukas Podolski believes he has the ability to win games for Arsenal after scoring his first league goal in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
The Germany international put the Gunners ahead just after the half-hour mark, slotting home after being set up by fellow summer signing Santi Cazorla.
Speaking to Arsenal.com after the final whistle, Podolski expressed his delight at opening his Premier League goal account.
"It was very important. I'm very happy to score my first goal here [Anfield] at Liverpool with their amazing fans and stadium," he said. "I'm also very happy that we won and got the three points.
"You must always work hard in matches. You must fight, you must run and you must score goals. When I'm on the pitch I can win matches. Today was good, we won and got three points."
The win at Anfield was Arsenal's first this season, coming after consecutive 0-0 draws against Sunderland and Stoke. And Podolski feels it was vital to pick up three points before the international break.
"I thought we played very well against Stoke and Sunderland, but we didn't score a goal. Today we scored goals, and had more chances to score a third. I think there are more points coming," he said.
"The first 10 to 15 minutes were not so good, but then we controlled the game with some great passing and played very well. I thought the two goals were very good and I'm very happy.
"Now we've got three points before the [international] break, and after the break we must play like today and I think then we will pick up a lot more points."
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