Lukas Podolski has admitted that he would have loved to have struck up a lethal partnership with Robin Van Persie this season, but it was not to be.
The man who arrived from Cologne for £11 million this summer has scored three goals in his first five games for the Gunners and is quickly endearing himself to the Arsenal faithful.
When speaking to the Daily Mirror, Podolski did concede that he was disappointed by the departure of the former Arsenal captain, "For me it was better if he had stayed, he is a world-class player and I hoped that he stayed and we played together but he made a decision and it is the team of Arsenal that is important.”
Podolski continued to express his delight at how quickly that he has settled at the club, "When I came on the first day to the club everyone made it easy for me.
"Not only the team but those around the team: the coaches, the physio's, the president and all the staff make it easy for me. I feel happy at Arsenal. It is good for me.
"The team and Arsene Wenger make it easy on the pitch. Last week we played very well. This is the style of football that I like - we play with one or two touches."
It seems as though Arsenal is having quite an impact on Podolski and when he left Cologne he had a tattoo in remembrance of his time at the club. He is already considering the same thing at his new club.
“Cologne meant so much to me because I was there a long time. Maybe I will do the same with Arsenal because I like this club.
Podolski will be hoping to continue his excellent start in an Arsenal shirt as they head to last season's champions Manchester City.