It is a position that has required Podolski to adapt his usual game, and he is keen to rise to the challenge of performing to the best of his ability.
"I'd rather play centrally up front," said the 27 year old.
"On the left, I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. But I am not a classical winger.
"Arsenal was a change, a different country and a new club.
"I am getting along well, for sure, but I demand more of myself - I want to play even better."