Lukas Podolski scored twice as Arsenal ran out 4-0 winners over Cologne this afternoon.
On his return to his former the club the German international coolly slotted home a penalty and then rounded off a fine Arsenal move to score his second. Thomas Vermaelen had put Arsenal ahead with a headed goal reminiscent of the famous Bould flick ons.
Per Mertesacker won the ball at the near post, flicked on and Vermaelen headed home the opener. Santi Cazorla played his first 45 minutes for the club and looked genuinely exciting, spraying passes about and combining well with Theo Walcott.
In the second half Gervinho scored Arsenal’s fourth before the main talking point of the evening, the introduction of Robin van Persie. The Dutchman didn’t do much of note in his first game since Euro 2012 but his selection will be sure to keep the story of the summer going a bit longer as the players head away on international duty this week.
Overall, it was a good workout for the team and an encouraging result. The other new boy, Olivier Giroud looked as dashing as you would expect but also someone whose hold-up play was very strong and he had a couple of decent chances, drawing good saves from Cologne’s 14 year old keeper.
The team return, disperse and return later in the week but hopefully, despite the absence of so many players, the manager has a clear plan about who’s going to face Sunderland in just a few days time.