Arsène Wenger has hailed Lukas Podolski as one of the best finishers he has ever seen.

The German forward recently returned to the side after four months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and made an immediate impact with a goal and an assist against West Ham on Boxing Day.

If there's one you want to see in front of the goal in a shooting position, it's him

Arsène Wenger

Wenger says it will take time for Podolski to find his best form again but feels he can provide the side with that extra quality in front of goal.

"Podolski is in the position of Oxlade-Chamberlain," Wenger said. "He has been out for four months and after being available, it doesn’t mean you are competitive in the Premier League.

"It takes some time to come back. This week he looked sharper in training so he's getting closer now to being completely fit again.

"He's certainly one of the best finishers I've ever seen. When he is physically ready, he will of course help us. If there's one you want to see in front of the goal in a shooting position, it's him.

"He can play that central role when he's completely fit. He came on in a recent game and was not completely ready but he is one of the potential assets we have there."

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 Isaac Moore 10 Jan 2014