Mesut Ozil is loving life in the Premier League and he believes the competitive nature of the English top flight is largely responsible for that.
Arsenal's record signing has looked right at home since swapping Madrid for north London in September, registering five goals and nine assists in all competitions.
Ozil is regarded as one of the world's finest playmakers and he believes that the intensity of the Premier League is taking him to a new level.
It is the most difficult league in the world because it's so even. In the Premier League every team can beat every team and that's where you can have surprises
"The best thing if you play in the Premier League is that you can always develop further as a player because you are playing against the best players," said Ozil.
"It is the most difficult league in the world because it's so even. In the Premier League every team can beat every team and that's where you can have surprises.
"You are also playing game after game, two or three games a week. So as a team you are always getting better and better and developing - it's a lot of fun.
"The atmosphere is fantastic too, it doesn't matter where you go. Everywhere there's a great atmosphere so that's quite different from other leagues. It's the same thing with the Emirates when we play at home, the fans really push us.
"That means a lot for us players, we have fans who are right behind us for 90 minutes and it doesn't matter whether we are winning or losing. That's really important for the team and our goal is good results to say thank you to the fans. I'm really happy to be part of a team that has such great fans."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Jan 2014