The 28 year old has been on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury which kept him out for four months but is back to his best as he scored twice in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over Coventry on Friday night.
The German international is hopeful that he can remain injury free and help the side to maintain their push for the Premier League title this term.
“It was a long time for me because I never had a long injury before,” he told Arsenal Player.
“It was not easy, you work hard, you train hard and finally you’re back. I don’t know if I’m 100 per cent but I think I played very good today and we’ll see in the next week.
“You are always happy when you play and score goals for the team so it was good for me, good for the team and important in the end to be in the next round.
“In the second half they [Coventry] had fight and they had chances so it’s not easy against lower league teams.
“It was important we did the job, we are in the next round now and I on Sunday is the next draw so we will wait for the next game in the FA Cup.”
Podolski showed impressive composure to score twice against Coventry and proved that Wenger was spot on in saying that the German was by far the best finisher in his squad. He is a player who can make such a big impact from the wing, while his physical presence and ability to hold up the ball will certainly make life easier for Olivier Giroud. Hopefully he will continue this goal scoring form and take Arsenal to that elusive trophy.
He has certainly earned a starting spot for the Southampton tie but will struggle to oust an in form Cazorla. However he should make an appearance from the bench.
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