Lukas Podolski insists he is “not scared’ by the prospect of increased competition for places in the Arsenal team next season.

The Club have been linked with big-money moves for a host of high-profile strikers during the transfer window.

When a big striker or a big defender comes in, they help the team and they help me

The German international says he would welcome anyone who joins the squad, but insists he is focused on his performances rather than potential signings.

“I'm happy when players come in,” Podolski said. “I will play with the best players in the world but the Club and the boss make the decision.

“I'm not scared about big names - I'm happy when big names come in. When a big striker or a big defender comes in, they help the team and they help me. We will see what happens in the next [few] weeks.

“Every season is the same; players come in and go out. The newspapers write a lot of names but I think we have a good team and a good atmosphere here. When players come in, it's good for the Club.

“We are at a big club at Arsenal, so when all players are fit and we don't have injuries, there's a big competition. Every player loves to play football and nobody wants to sit on the bench.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 23 Jul 2013