By Rob Kelly

Lukas Podolski believes Arsenal fans will see the very best of him once the new season begins.

The Germany international did not travel on Arsenal’s tour of the Far East due to his involvement at the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The 27-year-old is working hard at the Club’s pre-season training camp ahead of Sunday’s friendly against former club Cologne, and is confident he will soon be firing on all cylinders.

“I am now two weeks into training and it is not easy when you come back to your club after a European Championship or World Cup,” Podolski told Arsenal Player.

“I need some more weeks and then you will see the real Podolski.

“It has been very good so far. This is a big club with a great coach and I am very proud to be an Arsenal player. I am looking forward to the first match of the season against Sunderland.”

Podolski admits he owes much to Cologne, where he has spent two highly-successful spells, and is looking forward to facing them on Sunday.

“I’m back home, in my city, and looking forward to the match,” he said. “This is my first match for Arsenal and I am very happy.

“I hope I can score against Cologne, it is not easy but we want to win the match and then look ahead to the game against Sunderland.

“I started my career in Cologne when I was 10 and then I was in the first team when I was 17 or 18 years old. It was a great time; they have great fans, a great stadium and it is a great club.

“Now they are in the second division, so it is not easy but I hope they will go back up to the first division.”

Watch the full interview with Lukas on Arsenal Player.

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8 Aug 2012