Lukas Podolski has admitted an ankle injury hampered his first season with Arsenal, but having put that behind him is ready to do more for the Gunners in the upcoming campaign.
Despite his troubles, he still had quite impressive stats, scoring 16 times and making 11 assists, and the German international is hoping for more as Arsenal look to forward to a new season.
“I had a problem with my ankle, I lost a lot of matches and now I am fully fit and will be prepared for the next season,” he told the Mirror.
“My ankle is fine now. I worked on it throughout the break with the physio, I had rest and a lot of exercises and it feels fine now. It was a problem with the muscles and the ankle but now it’s all OK and I am pain free.
“It was my first year in the Premier League and I think I did well but you always feel you can do better. I will try to play better, score more goals and do some assists for Arsenal. It’s very important that we qualify for the Champions League and fight for the championship. That’s the most important thing.”
The German also set out his, and the team’s ambitions for 2013-14, but like other players before him this week has highlighted the need for new arrivals.
“We fight for trophies next season. When you look at the finish to the season, if we bring in some players as well then we will have the belief we can take into next season.
“It will not be easy. Everyone thinks it’s easy to get a trophy. You have five or six teams who fight for first place. It’s not like in Spain where it’s just two teams and in Germany you just have Dortmund and Bayern.
“It’s not easy in England. It’s so competitive. But at Arsenal we have good players, a great coach and great fans. Arsenal is a very big team and we want to win trophies.”