Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has stated that his team can challenge for the Premier league title this season.
The forward, who moved to the Emirates this summer along with Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, indicated that they are one of a number of teams that can win the league this season and hopes to play a major role in bringing the trophy to north London.
“The Premier League has five or six teams who can play for the title and we are one of them,” he told the club's official website.
“We really want to win this trophy and I hope I can score a lot of goals and make some assists to help the club in the Premier League.
“When you are a footballer you must be ready - you’re on the pitch to win. Whether it is against Koln or against Sunderland, you are a footballer and you must be ready to win matches.”
The Gunners forward promised supporters more of the same after netting twice in a preseason friendly against his former club, including a fine strike from outside the penalty area.
The 27-year-old got the Gunners' second and third in a convincing 4-0 victory against his former side, firstly from the penalty spot after 15 minutes and then finishing off a neat move with a powerful strike just before half-time.
The German international revealed that he has had no trouble fitting into his new team as he enjoys the way in which Arsene Wenger's side play football, insisting that it will enable him to reproduce the goods throughout the new season.
“That is the kind of goal Arsenal fans can expect from me,” he told the club's official website. “It was a good goal. We played very well with good combinations and it was fun.
“The passing and the movement of the team is very good - it is a good match. This is what I want and what I like. I like to pass quickly and, without the ball, to play and go. This is my style of football and we play this style."
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