Lukas Podolski has been sidelined since the end of August with a pulled hamstring, but he has now come back and is slowly making his way back in the first-team by returning to the training ground.

Podolski was looking good scoring two goals in his last Premier League game against Fulham, he was looking very promising. Unfortunately, he picked up an injury against Fenerbahce and it was then announced straight after the game that he would be sidelined for at least ten weeks. It was another big injury blow for the Gunners. 

However, the German hasn't been too sorely missed as Arsenal have stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points after beating Southampton 2-0 on Saturday and Liverpool drew 3-3 with Everton. 

Podolski was not the only player to be returning to the Arsenal training ground. There were two others who returned who have been using the training facilities to stay fit but have caused rumours to spread that they would be returning to play a couple of matches, but these rumours have been quashed by Arsene Wenger.

The two others are legends at the football club, they are both a small fraction of the Invincibles, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry!

Pires has been using the training ground for a while now and Henry turned up not so long ago, but the rumours about them getting short term contracts have been blown away by Wenger telling the press that the club will not look to Henry or Pires as January signings.

I find this disappointing and I'm sure other Gunners fans are too, but fans aren't going to be complaining too much, they are more focused on seeing their team go all the way to the end of the season and win the Premier League title. 

Henry is enjoying the MLS off-season at the moment and is using Arsenal's training facilities as an opportunity to keep fit for the new 2014 campaign. and also probably a chance to get back in touch with Wenger. 

Having Henry and Pires in the training facilities could also motivate the current Arsenal squad to go on to win the league. They could give tips on how they coped with the pressure back in 2003-04. 

Podolski will probably not play against Marseille, but could feature on the bench against Cardiff  on Saturday.

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