Ozil warns against talk of Arsenal as Premier League title contenders
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has called on supporters not to get carried away in thinking the Gunners are ready to challenge for the Premier League title, Sky Sports has reported.
Ozil did not rule out the chances of Arsene Wenger’s side still leading the way come May but insisted there was too much football yet to be played to say Arsenal were favourites. Wenger’s team are currently first in the table but only on goals scored, level on points and goal difference with Liverpool.
“I am delighted we top the table, but we also know that the season is still very long,” Ozil said. “To talk about winning the league (now) would be too early. The current table is nothing more than a snapshot. 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.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid late in the summer transfer window and though he has played only a handful of times in the Premier League, admits he has been impressed by what he has seen of English football. “For me the Premier League is the strongest league in the world,” the Germany international said. “Every match is a challenge and the games are very intense. I believe I can profit from that.”
The 24-year-old became Arsenal’s record signing when switching from the Santiago Bernabeu and was greeted with great fanfare from inside and outside the Emirates Stadium. But he insists he does not feel the weight of expectation. “In football, I feel generally very little pressure,” Ozil said.
“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 say or write,” he continued. “The pressure that I have is mainly from myself because I expect a high level of me, but I can handle this pressure very well.”
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