Arsenal's new signing Lukas Podolski has stressed he decided to join the Gunners to win titles and is confident about ending the club's seven-year trophy drought.

Podolski, who managed 18 goals and seven assists from 29 Bundesliga appearances this season, said that though he knew English football was very competitive, he had no doubt when choosing his new club once he knew Arsenal were interested in him.

"It won't be easy as the Premier League is quite well balanced, certainly across the top six teams who are all very strong. It will be difficult. But I'm confident and I will do my very best to be successful with Arsenal. I have joined to win titles and trophies - that is my target," quoted the 26-year-old as saying.

"They play fast in England, score lots of goals and there are tough battles. I enjoy this style of football, so from that point of view I think I will adapt fairly quickly. I'm a player who plays in a similar style," Podolski pointed out.

The Germany international said he had always admired Arsenal and was relishing the prospect of meeting up with his new teammates and becoming a part of the club's history, alongside some of their legends.

"Arsenal are a very disciplined team; they play great football with excellent passing and they are really good to watch on television. I'm excited to be part of this team now, playing that way and making the supporters happy," Podolski said, in another report.

"I used to enjoy watching Henry, Pires and Jens Lehmann of course. Bergkamp as well. There are quite a few great players from Arsenal's history... we know them all, don't we?! And I'm proud to become an Arsenal player myself," the forward added.

Podolski's manager at Cologne, Stale Solbakken, who is now the manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers - believes Arsenal have a dynamic player in the German and his versatility would make him a very important asset to the London club's forward line.

"He can play in any team in the world. He was bigger than God in Cologne - you wouldn't believe it unless you were there. He's just had his best ever season with 18 goals from 30 games or something and when we had all those injuries, he carried the team alone for some games," the Sun quoted Solbakken as saying.

"He's physical, he's played 100 games for Germany and scored 45 goals, so I think he can cope with everything. He can play in either of the forward positions up front. If Arsenal play their usual 4-2-3-1, he can play in all of those four forward positions," the Norwegian added.