Well that was a lot more like it eh?
Having endured a miserable couple of games, Arsenal finally got back to winning ways in the Premier League and in some style, with a 5-1 win over London rivals West Ham United.
While you could see the side’s lack of belief in parts of the play, particularly in the first half, the Gunners rediscovered how to play ‘the Arsenal way’ and put it good use with a fine second-half display.
There are a lot of players who had great performances; Jack Wilshere again shone in the middle, and even picked up the captain’s armband when Thomas Vermaelen had to go off, which was nice to see.
Olivier Giroud notched a brace, while Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott also grabbed a goal each.
However, Germanator himself, Lukas Podolski netted the goal of the game with a powerful long-range drive to level the scores.
Having missed out of the last few games through injury, Podolski reintroduced himself to the Emirates crowd with a stunning display, and was well-worthy of being deemed man of the match.
He netted a peach of goal before going on to rack up three assists, as the Gunners ran riot in a 10-minute spell immediately after the break.
It was without a doubt his best performance in an Arsenal shirt yet, and showed just how dangerous he can be anywhere along the front line.
Whether coming through the middle, as he did for his goal, or racing down the wing, the former FC Koln man caused havoc among the Hammers backline all evening, with his driving forward, slick crosses, and unstoppable shot.
He may have been in and out as far as form goes this season, but you cannot argue with his stats in what is remember his first year in the Premier League.
Podolski has 11 goals and nine assists in all competitions so far this season, and when taking into consideration the fact that he has very rarely completed a full game, that’s very impressive.
Let’s hope he can continue this purple patch; enjoy his goal below.