Per Mertesacker believes Lukas Podolski can be a big hit in the Barclays Premier League with Arsenal, but whether France midfielder Yann M'Vila joins the German at the Emirates Stadium remains to be seen.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is determined to do his transfer business ahead of the European Championships. Terms have already been agreed with Cologne on a £10million move for German international Podolski, but reports in France suggest an £18million deal with Rennes' M'Vila was as good as done are understood to have been premature.

German centre-back Mertesacker believes striker Podolski can hit the ground running in August. He told Arsenal Player: "He has good physical power and that is what is needed in the Premier League. He is very quick too. It is a challenge for him, but he can cope with it."

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