Laurent Kosicleny is highly likely to miss Monday’s tie with Chelsea, but could be in contention for their Boxing Day fixture against West Ham United.
Jack Wilshere’s two match suspension renders him banned for the festive fixtures, however Podolski’s return will provide more options on the wing.
Arsene Wenger revealed the following team news:
[on the team news] The team news [compared to Man City] is that Koscielny is out for the game. It’s 80 or 90 per cent he is out. Jack Wilshere of course is suspended. Everybody else will be available.
[on Lukas Podolski] He is available to be selected.
[on the boost of having Podolski back] It’s a big boost because he can score goals in big games. He has shown that before. He is a clinical finisher and a great football player.
Predicted lineup to follow…