Although he remains proud of the time he spent with Bayern Munich, Lukas Podolski is ready to play against his former team in the last 16 of the Champions League as Arsenal look to cause a shock against the German side.

Podolski joined Bayern in 2006 from Cologne but after an unsuccessful time with the Bavarians he rejoined his boyhood team before moving to the Premier League with the Gunners.

The German international accepts that it will be tough to beat Bayern on current form but he insists he is happy at Arsenal and hopes to push for European honours.

"I feel settled in the Premier League. I was settled from day one because the players and staff at Arsenal made it easy for me," Podolski told The Sun.

"I have enjoyed my football so far but there are still a lot of things to do."

Podolski is using the fact that the final is being held at Wembley Stadium as extra incentive to win the game and reach the showpiece match.

He explained: "It would be something amazing to play for a London team in the final of the Champions League at Wembley. Something very special.

"That is a dream, but there is a long way to go. First, we must play a great team - one of the favourites for the final."

Podolski admits he has fond memories of his time with Bayern but he does feel as though he should have won more at the club.

"I had a great time at Bayern for three years. I have lots of memories of playing for the club and I am proud," he added.

"I wish I had achieved more there. I won the cup and the league. Playing for Bayern was still a help, in my life generally. But it went so quickly."

However, he insists that he is fully focused on the task at hand and the job he needs to do for Arsenal.

"Bayern is in the past. Now I am at Arsenal and looking forward to achieving things here," Podolski continued. "I feel it is not productive when you talk about what did or didn't work.

"If I am being honest, it would be more difficult if Arsenal were playing Cologne. They are my team. My club. Emotionally, it would have been far more intense.

"I was there from the age of 10, joined Bayern, and went back there before playing for Arsenal."

Bayern come into the tie after a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg at the weekend, while Arsenal enter with a slight FA Cup hangover after they were knocked out at the Emirates Stadium by Blackburn Rovers.

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