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Ozil plays down title talk

09 Oct 2013 20:01:53

Ozil plays down title talk

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil maintains it is 'too early' to talk up a challenge for the Barclays Premier League, but maintains the players are determined to only get better this season.

The Gunners headed into the international break top of the table, ahead of Liverpool on goals scored, following a 1-1 draw at West Brom.

Following a superb response to defeat at home by Aston Villa on the opening day of the new campaign and the club-record £43million signing of German playmaker Ozil from Real Madrid, hopes are high that 2014 could finally see an end to the best part of a decade without a trophy for Arsene Wenger's men.

Ozil, though, accepts there is still a long way to go before anyone should allow themselves to dream of a first championship since 'the invincibles' of 2003/2004.

Speaking to the German Football Association website, Ozil said: "I am delighted we top the table, but we also know that the season is still very long. 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 added: "For me the Premier League is the strongest league in the world.

"Every match is a challenge and the games are very intense. I believe, I can profit from that."

Ozil has certainly settled quickly since his deadline day arrival from Madrid, helped by fellow Germans Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnarby already accustomed to London life.

The 24-year-old, who scored his first Arsenal goal in the Champions League win over Napoli, may have been grabbing all of the headlines, but insists he will have no problem to keep himself grounded.


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