Tomas Rosicky is targeting a regular role at Arsenal, but concedes that he needs to improve his strike rate.
Having been troubled by injury over recent years, the Czech playmaker has seen others overtake him in Arsene Wenger's plans.
He has been involved in all but three of the Gunners' fixtures this term, with lengthy run-outs awarded to him when selected.
However, Rosicky is determined to become irreplaceable and hopes he can soon become one of the first names on the team sheet.
"I would like to play more," he told iDnes.cz.
"I could imagine playing more even though I have been involved in a lot of fixtures. At the moment I am in the starting XI, then I come on as a substitute and then again in the starting line-up.
"I want to play in the big games - Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City - because in those games I have only come on as a sub."
Rosicky is aware, though, that he needs to start finding the back of the net if he is to convince Wenger that he is worthy of a place.
"I must be realistic because the players I replace score goals," he said.
"I have not scored in four months, so I can't be that surprised.
"At the moment I am half-satisfied. My performances are okay and I am healthy, but the goals worry me. I have a bad record."
Rosicky is also convinced that Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season, with just two points separating them from league leaders Chelsea.
"I think we have not done badly at all," he said.
"It is obvious that the league is very tight, the tightest it has been in my five years at Arsenal. Every single game is extremely difficult.
"We wanted to be near the top, that is always our aim."