We all knew that Lukas Podolski possessed a star presence before he moved to north London, but yesterday’s terrific performance at his former club FC Cologne very much hinted that he is ready to take over the role of Arsenal’s talisman should Robin van Persie make up his mind to leave Arsenal.

Podolski netted two goals of true quality before jogging towards the sidelines to embrace his substitute who did not turn out to be Marouane Chamakh, but a certain Van Persie instead.

Also interesting was the stern look on Van Persie’s face during his introduction and his decision to snatch the captain’s armband from Thomas Veramelen way before he was even sent on to play.

Perhaps Podolski’s stupendous performances may provide competition for Van Persie, and therefore motivate the Dutchman to remain at the club to stake his claim as the ‘main man’ again.

Now come up with your captions for this…

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