The Germany international was heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal over the summer, with the Frenchman sanctioning his sale, but he is adamant he can play a big roleLukas Podolski is adamant that Arsene Wenger has faith in him despite reports linking him with a move away from Arsenal.
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Olivier Giroud's fractured tibia – which will sideline him for around four months – may mean Podolski, still searching for full fitness after Germany's World Cup win, sees more game time at Arsenal, despite their deadline-day signing of Danny Welbeck.
And the 29-year-old is confident of playing a key role for Arsenal after a lengthy chat with Wenger.
"I had a very good conversation with the manager," Podolski told Bild.
"He has stressed he is putting trust in me and my qualities. I do not have to fear anyone at Arsenal. I am just back in training for two-and-a-half weeks.
"If I am at 100 per cent fitness I do not fear any competition for places in the first eleven."
Podolski also revealed that he had no offers to leave Arsenal in the transfer window, despite a number of enquiries.
"A move away from Arsenal did not fall through because I had no offers to move," he added.
"There have been enquiries from other countries, also from Bundesliga clubs, but I am from Cologne and it would have been tough for me to represent any other German club."