Soccer-Podolski return a big boost for striker and Arsenal

Lukas Podolski's return for Arsenal at West Ham United on Thursday was a delight for the striker after four months on the sidelines but could also turn out to be an important factor in maintaining the London club's title hopes. The 28-year-old German, who came on as a second half substitute, made a goal for Theo Walcott before scoring one of his own as Arsenal came from 1-0 down to beat West Ham 3-1 and return to the top of the Premier League. With Olivier Giroud extending his run of matches without a goal to seven at Upton Park, Podolski offered Arsene Wenger a clear alternative to the Frenchman as an out and out centre forward.

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