RARING TO GO: ARSENAL striker LUKAS PODOLSKI delighted to be back in action after a four month lay-off and SCORE at West Ham.
Saturday, December 28, 2013-Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is happy to be back in action after spending four months on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
The German international sustained the injury during Arsenal’s 2-0 Champions League win over Fernerbahce in August.
Podolski made his return to Premier League action with a bang on Boxing Day when he came off the bench to set up Theo Walcott and then scored Arsenal’s third in their 3-1 come from behind win over West Ham United.
Podolski said: “When you are out for a long time it is not easy, but I’m happy to be back.
“I worked hard and I trained hard. When you sit on the bench or in the stadium or on the couch at home it is not easy to watch.
“You don’t have the feeling with the team and in the dressing room, but that is the way it is in football, so I am all the more happy to be back.
“It took a long time. Every morning you come in, you have treatment; you work to get fit while the others are working outside. It is not easy for the head. But this is the way it is and I am young enough to play a lot of matches.”
The 28-year old’s return is welcome news for manager Arsene Wenger who has relied heavily on Olivier Giroud upfront for the better part of the season.