The Gunners ended its warm-up schedule with a 4-0 win at Cologne, where summer signing
While the future of captain
"We want to (compete for honours) and we have a desire to. We are up for it and what we want is to come out of the season and know we have given our best," Wenger said on Arsenal Player.
"I feel we did that last year, finishing third with the start we had.
"The first target is to do as well as we can in every single game and see where we stand at the end of the season, but of course we want to fight for the championship." Wenger added: "We are in a much stronger position now because last summer we lost (
"We lost four players at the start of last season and that is not the case this time."
United is understood to be the main player in the market for
German international Podolski could emerge as the Gunners main goal threat should its skipper move ahead of the transfer deadline.
Podolski is relishing life at his new club.
"I have felt like a part of Arsenal from the first day and I am very proud to play here and wear the shirt," he said.
"It was a great match and in my first game I scored two goals, so it was very good.
"It was a good test for us and I hope we can win against Sunderland next week."
Champion Kaizer Chiefs and deposed title holder Orlando Pirates lost, Chippa United dodged relegation but Black Leopards did not in a dramatic South African Premiership season climax.