Lukas Podolski says he’s not sure if he’s 100% fit yet after his hamstring injury, but says he’s ready to fight for Arsenal’s cause in the second half of the season.
The German missed 4 months with a hamstring tear (grade: bollixed), and although he returned to training at the end of November, is still to establish himself back in the team.
“It was a long time for me because I never had a long injury before,” he told the official site.
“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.”
In the small amount of action he has had though, he’s contributed well. A goal and an assist in a 25 minute West Ham cameo was followed by a difficult game up top against Cardiff, but from his wide position – one which Wenger says is his best – he scored the Gunners first two goals in the 4-0 win over Coventry.
“You are always happy when you play and score goals for the team,” continued Podolski. “So it was good for me, good for the team and important in the end to be in the next round.”