Record signing Mesut Özil has played in the three biggest leagues in Europe, and insists that the Premier League is by far the best, as reported by the Mirror.
The German playmaker made the switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal in 2013, but he started his career in Germany with Schalke 04 – before moving to Werder Bremen.
The 26-year-old claims that the level of competition in the English top flight is much higher, and says he loves that no matter the scoreline, Premier League sides have a never say die attitude.
Despite the criticism Özil has received since arriving at the Emirates, the World Cup winner claims he enjoys the pressure of the Premier League.
“The main difference is that in Spain and Germany, if you go 2-0 or 3-0 up, teams tend to give up and it becomes easier to keep hold of the lead,” Özil said.
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“In England you can be 4-0 up and they will still fight to the final whistle. They also play at a faster tempo and, as a player, you also have to get used to not having a winter break. But that is what makes it so great.
“I love playing matches. I prefer playing matches to training. If I had to pick one, I would definitely say that the Premier League is the strongest out of the three.”
La Liga and the Bundesliga may boast teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, but the Premier League is certainly far more competitive. Any team is capable of beating any team at any time – as we have seen this season when the likes of Burnley have toppled reigning champions Manchester City.