Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski says Arsenal players need to display more fighting spirit in their derby matches, and believes such games have become “a bit too friendly”.
The former Germany international believes, the Gunners did show some fighting spirit against Premier League Champions and City rivals Chelsea, in a hard-fought goalless draw against the defending champions at the Bridge, but the match still wasn’t as aggressive as some of the past London derby’s between Arsenal and their City rivals, personally.
The Blues were reduced to ten players – for the third successive time against Arsenal – but that was just the result of a horrible tackle, rather than a derby fight. It didn’t look to me to be motivated by any derby grudge Chelsea defender David Luiz held against Sead Kolašinac.
Personally, the Gunners did show the more dirty side to their match towards the end of the clash, picking up three yellow cards in the last 10 minutes as the match result of persistent fouling and breaking up the Blues’ counter-attacks. Perhaps the German just wants to see more of this in the big matches.
As long as the North Londoners are getting the right results in the derbies, I’d guess most Arsenal faithful’s probably aren’t too disturbed about how it happens.