Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has taken to Twitter to show his support for Lukas Podolski. The German scored twice as the Gunners demolished Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League, including a powerful strike after just three minutes.
It was the first game, both European and in the Premier League, he has started all season. After the game Frimpong tweeted: "Actually do feel sorry for Podolski."
This is the latest in a long line of criticisms levelled at Arsene Wenger this season, with the Frenchman attacked by fans on numerous occasions for starting Yaya Sanogo ahead of Podolski.
The 29-year-old also scored the winning goal in Arsenal's 2-1 victory away to Anderlecht in October. In contrast, Sanogo has managed just one goal in five Champions League and Premier League games this season.
Podolski has managed just 82 minutes in the Premier League this season, spread across six substitute appearances. His only competitive start before last night came in the Capital One Cup defeat at home to Southampton in September.
There was speculation that Podolski could leave the Emirates in the summer in search of first team football, it is thought that his latest performance could convince the manager to give him another chance.
The German's place in the side against Newcastle United this weekend is threatened by Wenger's decision to rest Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud for the trip to Istanbul.