Podolski gets off the mark with a brace as Arsenal crush Cologne 4-0

Cologne 0 – Arsenal 4 (Pre-season friendly, August 12, 2012) (Alternative highlights & Longer highlights.) The Gunners had a great start in Germany as Thomas Vermaelen flicked on a sixth minute corner to fire the Londoners ahead. Arsenal extended their lead on the quarter hour when Lukas Podolski buried a penalty against his former employers after Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought down in the area. On the stroke of halftime Arsenal scored again as Lukas Podolski cracked in his second of the game after a left wing cut-back. It got better for Arsenal in the 62nd when Gervinho stole possession on the left side, used a defender as a decoy and slotted the ball inside the near post.

GIF: Lukas Podolski’s second Arsenal goal v Cologne.

Post-match interview: Arsene Wenger.

Individual highlights: Robin van Persie & Santi Cazorla.

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