Lukas Podolski says he’s delighted to be back in action for Arsenal after the longest spell he’s ever spent on the sidelines through injury.
The German hashtag specialist spent 4 months out after tearing his hamstring to bits against Fenerbahce, and admitted the time on the sidelines has been frustrating.
“I have been out for a long time, four months, so it was not easy,” he said. “I have never had a muscle injury before so it was a new experience. It was a hamstring injury and they take a long time.
“Every morning you come in, you have treatment, you work hard to get fit while the others are working outside. It is not easy for the head.
“When you sit on the bench or on the couch at home, it is not easy to watch. You don’t have the feeling with the team and in the dressing room. But that is the way it is in football, so I am all the more happy to be back.”
His return comes at a welcome time for the Gunners. He replaced Aaron Ramsey against West Ham and there are fears that the Welshman could be out for a month with a thigh strain.
Arsenal are yet to make public the results of the scan he received, but fingers crossed Poldi can fill that goalscoring gap until Ramsey is fit again.