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Podolski set for centre stage

Lukas Podolski is likely to get another chance to impress as Arsenal's central striker at QPR this weekend.

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Lukas Podolski: Has played mostly on the left of Arsenal's three-man attack

Lukas Podolski: Has played mostly on the left of Arsenal's three-man attack

The experienced Germany international, who has played most of his football for the club on the left of a three-man attack, filled in for the suspended Olivier Giroud during Sunday's draw with Manchester United.

Podolski's performance was low-key but, with Giroud unavailable until the final day of the season, he is Arsene Wenger's first choice to continue in the role as Arsenal continue to pursue a top-four finish.

Asked whether he intended to persist with Podolski at Loftus Road, Wenger told the club website: "At the moment, yes.

"A definite decision has not been made but if there is an opportunity then there is a good chance I will do it.

"He has the qualities because he is a good finisher. He has a good technique, and because we have a game based on very quick combinations I believe he can be a part of that.

"Overall I am convinced in the coming games he will show it."

Arsenal go into the weekend with a two-point lead over fifth-placed Tottenham, who have a game in hand.

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