Lukas Podolski insists Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Podolski arrived at Arsenal earlier this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger keen to play the Germany international alongside Robin van Persie, although whether the Dutchman is still at Emirates Stadium when the new season kicks off remains to be seen.
But while Van Persie continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United (see Related Articles), Podolski insists the Gunners can still challenge for honours.
"The Premier League has five or six teams who can play for the title - and we are one of them," he insisted.
"We really want to win this trophy."
And he added: "I hope I can score a lot of goals and make some assists to help the club in the Premier League."
Wenger has revealed that Podolski has a "very good chance" of starting Arsenal's Premier League opener against Sunderland this weekend.
The 27-year-old scored twice in last weekend's pre-season friendly against his former club FC Koln.
"We are very pleased with him," Wenger told reporters in Germany after the match.
"He will make the squad [against Sunderland] in any case and he has a very good chance of starting the match.
"He's not at 100 percent physically. The running is still missing a little bit but we will sort that out. We know that he can score goals."