Marin believes Blues can keep Germany team-mate Podolski at bay on derby day
08:51 GMT, 27 September 2012
Marko Marin has claimed the Chelsea defence should be able to prevent his German compatriot Lukas Podolski from running riot when they face Arsenal on Saturday.
The Gunners' striker has hit three in his last four games for the club but Marin is confident his team-mates can stifle the threat.
The 23-year-old midfielder told The Star: 'At the beginning it was a bit new for him, but now he is doing very well.
Belief: Marko Marin thinks Arsenal will come a cropper on the banks of the Chelsea defence
'He has scored a few goals and he is playing well.
'Will Lukas be a threat I think we have a very good defence. Our right-back Branislav Ivanovic will do very well.
'It will be very hard for Lukas to play against him. I am not sure that Arsenal have played against a good team like us.
'I am confident that we can keep Podolski quiet.
'There are two German players that we will be playing against, with Per Mertesacker also playing for Arsenal.
'I have not spoken to Lukas. We know each other from the national team, of course, but we are not really friends.
'I talk more with Per. We played together at Werder Bremen.
'I hope I’m in the team, but the important thing is that we win and keep our position in the Premier League.'
Saturday's game will be the toughest Premier League test Chelsea have faced this season – and might also be Marin's first.
Threat: Lukas Podolski is in fine fettle
The wide man only made his Blues debut on Tuesday during his side's 6-0 mauling of Wolves in the Capital One Cup because of a hamstring injury.
Marin explained: 'I did it in a training session, but I feel good now and I can forget all that and look to the future.
'I just want to play for as long as possible, for as many games as I can. I am nearly 100 per cent fit again, so I hope to play.'