Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Podolski performance against West Ham - 'Best finisher in the team!'

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Lukas Podolski was Arsenal's standout player as the Gunners defeated West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League.

Lukas Podolski came to Arsenal’s rescue last night to fend off a potentially embarrassing defeat at the hands of West Ham United.

The German forward produced one of his best performances of the season to pop up with a brace, which turned out to be vital over the course of 90 minutes as the Gunners climbed back into the top four.

His three shots on target from three attempts combined with a passing accuracy of 90% throughout the game was superb and helped him to keep the pressure up on the Hammers.

The match couldn’t have started any worse for the home side after nervous murmurs greeted the player warm up and the referee’s first whistle.

Matt Jarvis popped up with a header to take advantage of some slack defending inside Arsenal’s penalty area, nodding the ball beyond Wojciech Szczesny who was brought back into the team by Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal’s focus ahead of the end of the season will now be ending the campaign with a trophy in the form of the FA Cup and qualifying yet again for the Champions League.

Wenger has never failed to qualify for the European competition while he’s been in charge of the club and the three points last night puts the pressure back onto Everton, who recently defeated Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Podolski’s performance last night was significant for a number of reasons and not least because it’s evidence he could be turning a corner over the last few games following a disappointing campaign.

He remains a good centre forward option for Arsenal and scoring goals, finding his accuracy and being in form means he can slot into a central role should Wenger want to use him there before the summer when he’ll be able to sign attacking reinforcements.

Here’s what Arsenal fans made of Podolski’s performance via social media site Twitter.

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