Thursday, 16 August 2012

Podolski looking to influence Arsenal

New Arsenal signing Lukas Podolski believes Arsene Wenger’s men can finally fulfil their potential and win the Premier League title in the upcoming season.

The Gunners are currently on a run of seven years without atrophy, having not lifted silverware since winning the 2005 FA Cup, despite playing some of the most attractive football in Europe for most of the last decade.

The odds betting again puts them in the mix for silverware this time around, though the supporters are feeling less optimistic.

Veteran boss Wenger is famous for his preference of developing talent and his production line has seen the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all go on to other clubs.

All three have hinted that the reason for their exit has been the North Londoners’ lack of ambition in the transfer market but there appears to have been a changing of the guard in recent months.

After finishing third last season, Wenger has decided to bring a number of more established players to the club, with Podolski arriving from German club Cologne, while the Gunners have also signed striker Olivier

Giroud from French champions Montpellier, as well as Spanish international Santi Cazorla.

The 27-year-old believes the trio’s arrival will help the Arsenal squad change their attitude and that their previous success will inspire their team-mates to pick up some decent early live scores results, starting on Saturday against Sunderland.

"The Premier League has fiveor six teams who can play for the title and we are one of them," he said."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 Cologne or against Sunderland, you are a footballer and you must be ready to win matches," he added.

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