Arsène Wenger paid tribute to Lukas Podolski after the Germany international scored twice more against West Ham United on Tuesday night.

Podolski produced clinical finishes in either half to guide Arsenal to a vital 3-1 victory and take his personal tally against the Hammers to four goals in three appearances.

"He's a natural finisher, that's always why he's difficult to position on the pitch because you would want him in the box in front of goal and as well wide," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

He's a natural finisher, that's always why he's difficult to position on the pitch

"Tonight I think he moved better and more. He got into some very interesting positions."

Olivier Giroud completed the Arsenal scoring with a sublime first touch and finish under pressure, and Wenger thinks his compatriot is getting back to his best.

"I think he started [the season] very strong and then went through a difficult patch," he said. "Now he looks refreshed and I am pleased that he's back to his level. The goal he scored tonight will certainly give him the confidence that he needs.

"Overall I like his mentality and I like his spirit. He has great charisma as a player and I'm sure he will finish the season well."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Chris Harris 16 Apr 2014