Mesut Ozil revealed he is not fazed by the pressure of playing in the Premier League and is extremely happy with his decision to move to north London.
The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a positive start to his Gunners career bagging several assists and opening his goal scoring account after a £43m move from Real Madrid last month. Some struggle with the demands of joining a new club for such a high fee, but Ozil admits the main pressure he feels is self-induced and is loving plying his trade in the Premier League.
Speaking to the German Football Federation’s website DFB.de while on international duty, the 24-year-old said:
In football I feel generally very little pressure.
I am doing what I enjoy most and what I do best. I love my work, so I just look forward to every game and do not concern myself so much with what others day or write.
The pressure that I have, I mainly put on myself because I expect a high level of myself. But with this I can handle pressure very well and hide everything very well
For me, the Premier League is the strongest league in the world. Even with my first few games, I’ve noticed how balanced the league is.
This means that you will always be fully tested in each game – the games are very intense. I believe that I will benefit from it.
Also striking is the atmosphere in the stadiums, the support of the fans – even the away fans – is impressive.
With the league very unpredictable this season, it might be wiser to bet on some horses at Bovada.lv than on Arsenal to win the title, but as it stands the Gunners head into the international break top of the league. Ozil feels any talk of winning the title is premature despite his new side starting the season well, but has admitted there is potential within the squad to achieve big things.
Hold on! We are now first, I’m happy about that. But we know that the season is still very long.
To talk now about the championship is far too early. We continue to have a focused approach to each game and will try to do better as a team.
If we do that, we have a great opportunity to achieve much. For that I will give everything.
The German international has been surrounded by countrymen at the club that have helped his transition to English life. The language barrier is still something he wants to work on, but with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld in and around the squad he has been able to settle in seamlessly to the Arsenal set-up. Something else that has aided him to adapting to London is Wenger’s ability to also speak Deutsch, but one Arsenal tradition he did not take a fancy to – the karaoke initiation in front of the squad.
The quiet-natured Ozil said:
When I sing, I do not like my voice. I do not think my colleagues understood what I sung, but I was glad that that is behind me.
I must admit that there is still a little hitch with my English, because I definitely have to work on it.
Even so it is important to me that at Arsenal so much German is spoken. Especially with Lukas and Per I have a very good relationship, we understand each other really well.
The guys are all great, they help me and support me really fantastically. This is true for the whole team.
The players at Arsenal are all very easy going, they come up to me, we laugh a lot and have fun. I really cannot say anything negative.
On and off the field Ozil has adapted well, and it is very encouraging to hear him say such positive things about the club. It will bode well for Wenger’s chances of acquiring German talent further down the track, with a number of stars linked in recent times such as Julian Draxler and Lars Bender.
He will be looking to take his pulsating club form to the international stage this week as Germany take on Republic of Ireland and Sweden. They require just one point to reach next year’s World Cup in Brazil, so if qualification is secured in the opening fixture Ozil could potentially be afforded a breather for the final match.
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