PHOTO: Arsenal star Podolski lightens up training ahead of Newcastle

One Gunner took a light-hearted approach to an Arsenal training session ahead of the club's must-win match against Newcastle United.

In order to create distance between themselves and fifth-placed Everton in the race for fourth place in the Premier League, Arsenal must defeat form-struggling Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium this evening.

The current gap between the Gunners and the Toffees is just a solitary point but could be enhanced to a comfortable four points should Arsene Wenger and his side engineer a victory over the Magpies.

If there is tension in the camp due to the club's aspirations in the season, the squad and coaches can perhaps always rely on one man to lighten the mood - affable forward Lukas Podolski, who took time out of a training drill to give the club's photographer a bonkers shot that has already proven popular on social media.

  GoalsAssistsChancesShots on TargetShots to GoalsAppsMins
Lukas Podolski 8 2 5 55% 27% 17 902

Despite only being sporadically used by Wenger throughout the Premier League season, Podolski has proven to be one of the club's most reliable senior players.

In the data table above, it is evident the German international is responsible for either scoring or assisting a goal once every 90.2 minutes, his accuracy is underlined by the fact that 55% of his shots hit the target and his clinical nature is punctuated by his one goal per four shot statistic.

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