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Ozil insists Arsenal 'will get better as a team'

ESPN staff
October 9, 2013
Target for the top two

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil believes the Gunners can achieve great things this season if they can get better as a team.

Ozil, 24, is currently preparing for the last two World Cup qualifiers with Germany, who could book their flight to Brazil with a result against Ireland on Friday.

He has been talk of the town since becoming the most expensive German footballer of all-time, when making the €50 million switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal during the summer transfer period.

The Gunners have not lost a single game since Ozil's arrival at The Emirates and currently top the Premier League table as well as their Champions League group, and Ozil believes the best is yet to come for Arsenal.

"I am delighted we top the table. But we also know that the season is still very long. To talk about winning the league would be too early. The current table is nothing more than a snapshot," Ozil said.

"We will continue to play every game with our full concentration, we will try to get better as a team. If we can do that, we have a great chance to achieve a lot. I will give it my all."

Ozil, who came through the famous Knappenschmiede, the Schalke 04 youth academy, has now played in the three biggest leagues in Europe. "For me the Premier League is the strongest league in the world," Ozil says, who praised the "competiveness" of the league.

"Every match is a challenge and the games are very intense," he said. "I believe, I can profit from that. The atmosphere in the stadium is also striking, the support of the fans, also of the away fans, is impressive."

Ozil is a part of the ever growing German colony at the Emirates with Thomas Eisfeld, Serge Gnabry, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski. "For many reasons that is a real help for me," Ozil said. "I must admit, my English is still not up to standards, I need to work on that. Because of that it's important for me that so many people speak German at Arsenal."

But not only his German team-mates have helped Ozil during his first month in London and in Premier League. "The system is different here," he said.

"It's hard to 100% judge the strength and abilities of the team mates and the opposing players. That is has worked for me, is also down to my team mates. They are looking for me on the pitch, they trust me, feed me with balls and respond to my ideas."

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