Lukas Podolski says while he does not feel the need to impress Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at Euro 2012, he is keen to show what he can do.
The Germany attacker confirmed at the end of April he would be leaving his native Cologne for north London.
Podolski, 27, is determined to be a big hit at Emirates Stadium but insists the fact Wenger was in the stands during Germany’s win over the Netherlands on Wednesday commentating on the Group B clash for French television did not put any extra pressure on him.
“I don’t think I have anything to prove to Arsene Wenger,” Podolski told Goal.com. “He has seen me play several times and knows what I can do.
“I think it is clear that my transfer was no accident and, of course, I’m very glad I signed with Arsenal.
“In fact, what has really pleased me is that Arsenal fans can watch me play in a tournament like this and realise what I’m capable of at the highest level. Very soon I will also show that in London.”
Podolski will not link up with Arsenal until next month but revealed he is already friendly with one of his new team-mates – Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
“We have exchanged text messages during the Euros to wish each other good luck,” Podolski said.
“We have a very good relationship.”
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