Jan 23, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
Podolski (22'), Walcott (54'), Cazorla (53'), Giroud (47', 57')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Collison (18')
Vaz Te (42')

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger hails Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring the equaliser against West Ham on January 23, 2013
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Arsene Wenger says that Lukas Podolski enjoyed one of his best performances for Arsenal in their crushing 5-1 victory over West Ham United on Wednesday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised forward Lukas Podolski for his performance during his side's crushing victory over West Ham United on Wednesday.

Despite going behind, the Gunners marched to a 5-1 win at the Emirates Stadium, with the German netting the equaliser and picking up three assists during the match.

The French boss believes that the 27-year-old's display was one of his best games for the club.

"He had an outstanding game," said Wenger. "He scored a very important goal. He has an unbelievable shot because the keeper had no chance. And he gave of course two great balls as well. What is new for us is that we scored on a corner! It was a bit unusual.

"He had a very strong game at West Ham as well. Certainly today it was his most efficient game because I felt he took responsibility at the moment when we needed him. With a player of his experience you expect him to do that.

"I have plenty of candidates [to play through the centre] but I believe still this is his best position [on the left]."

Arsenal travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger on the touchline during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Swansea on January 6, 2013
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