By Josh James in Beijing
Mikel Arteta has set his sights on surpassing last season's goal tally when the new campaign gets underway.
The Spaniard notched eight goals in all during 2011/12 - including two for Everton - but he wants to contribute more from midfield this time around.
"Last year I scored eight - all in the Premier League - so this time I want double figures. Hopefully I can do that, more than ten goals would be quite good I think," he said.
Arteta, whose tally last season included the winning goal the last time Arsenal met Manchester City, is eagerly awaiting this Friday's match against the Premier League champions at the famous 'Bird's Nest' stadium.
"We want to win because that gives you confidence not only for the next games, but also for the work we are doing in training. If we can win on Friday it will obviously be important, though it's not the main thing.
"The main thing is to get the fitness going, and put together the work we have been doing in training out in the game. If we can win too, that would be a plus."
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