The former Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports News of his views for the new campaign: "Optimistic again. They have brought some good players in. Podolski is very experienced, I like the signing of Cazorla as well - I think he can bring something different to that midfield, I mean a little bit more attack-minded.
"Giroud had a great season in the French league last year - I know the Premier League is a little bit tougher than the French league - but maybe he can step up, he's got the physique, so hopefully he can bang a few goals in."
Arsenal begin the new season by hosting Sunderland next Saturday.