After missing Lukas Podolski for much of the opening half, Arsene Wenger will be able to field the German international from the start of New Year after he returned from injury just in time to prevent Arsenal from going into the transfer market. It was heavily speculated that Arsenal will be in the market for a new striker in order to provide Olivier Giroud some much-needed rest. The Frenchman has practically played in every match for Arsenal since the opening day of the season. He has managed to sustain the pressure on his shoulders by scoring goals up until now.
The return of Podolski, though, not only gives Wenger a great option up front, but also in the midfield as well. The German international can also play in the midfield, which will be a major boost for the club, who had recently received the news that Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Podolski has not only returned from action much sooner than expected, but he is also fitter than Wenger initially thought. This has led to praise from the Frenchman.
Prior to getting injured, Podolski had scored five goals in five matches for the club. He will be looking to rediscover that form almost immediately.
“Podolski has been out for four months and after being available, it doesn’t mean you are competitive in the Premier League – it takes some time to come back He is working hard. This week he looked sharper in training, so he is getting closer now to being completely fit again. If there is one (player) you want to see in front of the goal in a shooting position, it is him because Podolski is certainly one of the best finishers I have ever seen,” said Wenger.