Lukas Podolski back in team training - is he an option vs Man City?

Arsene Wenger confirmed Podolski’s return to team training. Could the German forward help Arsenal to defeat Manchester City?

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is active off the pitch. It’s about time that he gets more involved on the pitch.

The German international used his time out well. After suffering a hamstring injury in Champions League play-off victory last August, Podolski returned to his former club FC Koln to cheer on the German national team, flew with Arsenal to Dortmund to celebrate their Champions League victory there and joined the 'Get Well Soon Pat' movement to wish former assistant manager Pat Rice well in his recovery from cancer.

In today’s press conference Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed Podolski’s return to team training saying: “Lukas Podolski should be back in normal training after the Hull game.”

Asked how long it will take him to be featured in a game Wenger said: “He will then be available but what he lacks now is competition. But I would say it will take at least a week with normal training to consider him fit for the squad.” 

Consider the games ahead against Everton and at SSC Napoli as unlikely matches that he will return in but his race against time to feature against Manchester City on December 14 might have just begun.

Man City, now sitting at the third seat in Premier League, are keen to make a push for the top of the table trailing by only six points.

The addition of the 111 cap German international, assuming he is at game speed by then, would be great for Arsenal and could take the pressure of their weak attack.

Podolski gave the Gunners some sparks before his injury, recording two goals in his last Premier League match against Fulham FC and 11 in his first year at Emirates Stadium. 

If the 28-year-old is able to pick it up where he left off he would bring a much needed reinforcement to Arsenals attack. Do you agree?

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