Mesut Ozil has enthused at the quieter life he has in London compared with Madrid, and asserts that the Premier League is the ‘best league in the world’.
The German completed a late summer transfer out of Real Madrid to Arsenal and has enjoyed a strong start to life in England.
For the 25-year-old, settling into things away from the pitch has helped with work on it.
“London is just incredible. It's a lot of fun living here. There's always something going on,” Ozil has enthused in an interview in the latest issue of FourFourTwo.
“I’m also happy that I can have my private life here. In Madrid, all hell broke loose wherever you went, but in London it’s much more reserved.
“The Premier League? I have played in the three strongest leagues in the world, so I know what I am talking about when I say that, for me, the Premier League is the best.
“It is competitive and anyone can beat anyone.”
The playmaker was asked once more why he chose to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal.
“The reason I signed for Arsenal was not that there were other Germans players at the club.
“It was because the manager convinced me. As a player you need the manager's trust and the club's trust. And I felt this from Arsene Wenger and the club.
“That's why I made my decision. Of course I talked to the Germans guys about what the club is like, what the city is like, But the crucial thing was the manager's trust.”
The German international still maintains who his inspiration was growing up.
“I used to play with my brother and his friends. They were five years older and all taller than me. So it wasn't easy to assert myself.
“But I learnt how to prevail and that's when all they said: ‘you are going to make it’. I just wanted to have fun and be like my favourite player, Zinedine Zidane.”