By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger believes Lukas Podolski’s “happy nature” is behind his successful adaption to English football.

The Germany international has made a superb start to his Arsenal career, scoring in three successive games for his new club.

Wenger is delighted with the 27-year-old’s impact and says Podolski’s character has helped him to settle down at Emirates Stadium.

“He looks happy to be here and he has integrated into the team,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“He is a happy boy, [with a] happy nature. Plus he’s a good communicator, he speaks English quite well already. That helps. Overall, he’s a positive character.

“I believe as well that today in the modern game, to be a top level player, you need to be a top-level worker first. There’s no room anymore for anything else. He understands that.”

But it is Podolski’s finishing ability that has really caught the eye this season - of both the supporters and the manager.

“You like to see him in front of goal,” Wenger said. “He doesn’t get there many times per game, but when he gets there, you always think we have a good opportunity to score because he is a fantastic finisher.

“If you look at [each] chance, he looks at the keeper first. He takes care of his control, and after he will not mishit, he will finish.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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21 Sep 2012