Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he wants to sign German striker Lukas Podolski and believes he will fire the club towards a Premier League title challenge.

The German striker has been heavily linked with a move to north London, and was last week reported to have passed a medical ahead of a big money move at the end of the season.

Wenger has consistently denied a move is in the offing for Podolski, but has recently confirmed a deal could be close.

"Yes [we want Podolski]," said Wenger.

"We want to add some offensive strikers, because many times people say we rely too much on Van Persie, which is true, but if we can find world-class players, we will [challenge for the title]."

With 16 goals and four assists to his name, Podolski has enjoyed a decent spell with FC Cologne. However, the team has struggled, and lie in 14th place, just a point above the relegation play-off place.

Robin van Persie, who has scored 26 goals in the Premier League this season, has often ploughed a lone furrow up-front for Arsenal, whose challenge for silverware ended with defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League.

After Arsenal conducted much of their business in the twilight of last summer's window, Wenger appears ready to complete many of his deals early in the summer.

With Van Persie having just a year to run on his current deal, Arsenal's main priority this summer is likely to be tempting the Dutchman to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

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