Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Lukas Podolski’s German efficiency after the left-sided attacker scored one and made three goals in Arsenal’s impressive 5-1 tonking of West Ham.
The summer signing hammered home a fabulous equaliser from long range before the break then assisted Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud in a stunning ten minute spell after the break which also included a further goal for the HFB.
Speaking after the game about the former-Cologne hitman, Wenger admitted to the press that he had been impressed by what he’d seen.
“He [Podolski] had an outstanding game tonight. He scored a very important goal. He has an unbelievable shot because the keeper had no chance. After he gave of course two great balls as well.
“He had a very strong game [away] at West Ham as well. Certainly today it was his most efficient game because I felt he took responsibility at the moment when we needed him.
“With a player of his experience you expect him to do that. I have plenty of candidates [to play through the centre] but I believe still this is his best position [on the left].”
Speaking about the game as a whole, the boss put in context his side’s performance by reflecting on Sunday’s frustrating defeat away at Chelsea; a game which saw the Gunners put in a decent shift in the second period but leave without a reward.
“Yes, we got a good response. I felt that having watched the game again against Chelsea that our second half was very interesting.
“In the continuity we played alright tonight. In the first half we controlled the game but West Ham were dangerous on the counter-attack and from set-pieces. We got punished.
“In the second half from the start on we created chance after chance and played at a very high pace. From there on it was great movement, great quality in our final balls and in our combination play. Until Potts got injured of course, after that it was a bit the end of the game because we played 11 against 10 and it was 5-1. The end was a bit less entertaining.”
All in all a very pleasing night for Gooners everywhere, not least those players who got on the score sheet. Both Podolski and Giroud took their scoring total to 11 goals each, Cazorla grabbed his eighth while Theo Walcott was rewarded for a polished performance with his 16th of the season.
It would be lovely to think that the penny has dropped with our players and that they’ve realised high tempo attacking play and quick pressing of opponents are a pretty decent combination…but, well…we’ve played like this before and then returned to the type of turgid showing that makes you want to scoop your eyes out with a spoon.
We’ll just have to see what happens against Brighton.9,834 views