Podolski needs time

New Arsenal signing only two weeks into training after Euro 2012

Lukas Podolski: Believes it will take time before Arsenal fans see what he can do

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is confident he will soon be ready for the new season after a busy summer.

The Germany international did not travel on the Gunners' tour of the Far East due to his involvement at Euro 2012.

The 27-year-old has finally linked up with his team-mates for their pre-season training camp ahead of Sunday's friendly against former club Cologne.

Podolski admits it has not been ideal preparation but insists it will not be long before he is ready to show his best form.

"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 the club's official website.

"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."

Back home

Podolski's first match for his new side will be against his old one - and the Polish-born player has nothing but praise for the club where he started his career.

"I'm back home, in my city, and looking forward to the match," he added.

"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."