Ozil: It's too soon to talk about Arsenal and the title

The Germany international has moved to keep expectations in check, despite the north London club’s strong start to the new campaign.

Arsenal sit top of the Premier League table after seven games, with things looking as positive at the Emirates Stadium as they have done in quite some time. With two wins in a tough Champions League group to boot, the Gunners are looking like contenders on all fronts this term.

One of the reasons for the optimism of Arsenal fans has been the acquisition of world-class playmaker Mesut Ozil. The former Real Madrid attacking midfielder has seemingly adapted to the English game instantly and is living up to his reputation with assists and sparkling performances for his new club.

Despite all the positivity surrounding Arsenal at the moment, Ozil has moved to keep the fans’ expectations of a title challenge in check.

"I am delighted we top the table, but we also know that the season is still very long,” the diminutive schemer 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.”

Despite playing in the Bundesliga and La Liga in the past, Ozil has been full of praise for his new surrounds and feels the game in England is as good as it comes.

"For me the Premier League is the strongest league in the world,” he continued.

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

Ozil will certainly play a major role in the Gunners’ chances of ending their eight-year silverware drought this term. He is correct in stating that it is premature to talk about Arsenal and the title though, as the likes of Manchester United, City and Chelsea are sure to improve as the season progresses.

From a personal perspective, it will be interesting to see just how much of an impact Ozil will have once some of Arsenal’s other attacking stars return from injury. Playing in the same team as Santi Cazorla will be an exciting prospect but also a challenge, as both like to drive their team’s offensive efforts.

With Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski all still to return from injury also, Arsenal certainly have the attacking players to put forward a title challenge.

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