Lukas Podolski says he intends to lift trophies with Arsenal after speaking for the first time ahead of his transfer from Koln.
The Germany international will join the Premier League outfit at the end of the season and believes the switch has come at the right time in his career.
"Arsenal are a huge football club and the objective must be to win titles in the coming years," Podolski said at a press conference.
"I could have either continued at Koln or gone back to a top club. I had other offers but for me it was clear that I'd go to Arsenal. They have a great coach [in Arsene Wenger], a great stadium and great fans... And they have the same colors as Koln.
The 26-year-old says he has yet to meet Wenger but they have talked over the phone. He also hasn't traveled to London as he focuses on closing out the season with his German team.
The possibility of joining another Bundesliga club had never crossed Podolski's mind, out of respect for his present employers.
"I also had offers within the Bundesliga, but it never was an option for me, because I would not want to play for any club in Germany other than Koln," he noted. "I would not have had the heart to do it."
"I can always imagine a return to Koln."