Friendly: Köln 0-4 Arsenal – Lukas Podolski Bags Brace As New Boys Impress In Germany (Video)

Alan Duffy

13th, August 2012


By Alan Duffy

Only one week ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign, Arsenal new-boys Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud all made their first appearance for the Gunners away at Köln on Sunday.

All three impressed, although Frenchman Giroud did miss a few decent chances. Spanish schemer Cazorla was superb in behind Giroud while Podolski, returning to his former club, started slowly before netting a penalty and then a fine left-footed strike after good work from Kieran Gibbs.

Thomas Vermaelen opened the scoring after Per Mertesacker flicked on a corner, in true Steve Bould/Tony Adams stylee. However, sub Gervinho bagged the goal of the game while Robin Van Persie did make an appearance late on. Interestingly, a section of Gooners sung “Lukas Podolski, he scores when he wants”. Make of all that what you will!