Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has said he would welcome the arrival of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, and adds that having more good players at the club can only improve Arsenal's title chances.

The Poland-born Germany international told The Sun: "It is always good when players come in. I don't worry about a specific player. And it is certainly not a problem.

"I am strong enough and I have qualities. And when good players come in, I will play with good players.

"Every season players come in and players go. But I think it is good news if top players come in." 

Podolski, speaking about Arsenal's title ambitions and the competitiveness of the Premier League, added: "The hope is that this season Arsenal will be at the top of the league. English football thankfully, is not like Spain where you only have two teams - Barcelona and Real Madrid - who fight at the top. 

"In the Premier League you have five, six, even seven top, top teams. It is very difficult but I know that Arsenal are one of those top teams who will be involved. You don't know how the season will work out.

"A few of the other teams all have new managers so it is difficult to say. But they will be strong and equally, Arsenal will be strong."

Podolski scored 16 goals in all competitions last season and will be looking to improve on that tally next term.

Arsenal begin their pre-season tour in Asia on Thursday and will be hoping that Higuain will be among those travelling.


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