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In many ways this shows the strength of the Arsenal squad and why they are challenging for the Premier League title with Manchester City and Chelsea.
With four minutes to go at Villa Park, Arsene Wenger was pressed into his third and final substitute and decided to bring on the returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Tomas Rosicky, who had only just come on himself.
Podolski, who has suffered injury problems himself this season, has a great goal scoring record when he has been brought on for Arsenal and probably fancied bagging another on the break for Arsenal at Villa.
But, Arsene Wenger doesn’t appear to regard Podolski as first choice. The German was almost always subbed when he did start last season.
And, has played just 170 minutes in 2013/2014 – scoring a hugely impressive three goals.
In Wenger’s defence, The Ox is a much more natural replacement for Rosicky – before the Villa game “The Professor” compared the England winger to Steven Gerrard…