Arsenal's Mesut Ozil warms up before the match
Mesut Ozil has told France Football that he has finally found his feet in English football, adding that his first full pre-season since arriving at the Emirates was the main driver in his impressive season.
Despite the Gunners missing out on their first Premier League title for 12 years, Ozil enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign, providing a league high of 19 assists to leave him one behind Thierry Henry's club record of 20 in a season.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in action with Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt
The German playmaker was recently rewarded for his glittering form by being crowned Arsenal's Player of the Year, marking an an impressive turnaround for the former Real Madrid star, who previously managed just 14 during his first two years at the club.
But he insists he has now adapted to life in England, adding that being a part of the club's pre-season preparations was the biggest factor behind his strong season.
He said: "It took several months to find my feet. I also had to get used to a new environment.
“So I think my problems were justified.
“The second season, I started with a bang before hurting myself.
“The key to my success this season has been the summer preparation."
Arsenal's Petr Cech celebrates at the end of the match
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is one of many to have been impressed by Ozil's performances, telling the club's official website: "He’s been brilliant all season. Not only is he providing all of these assists, but in a game he is very important and very useful and he has improved in terms of goals scored.
“You could see that his overall game has been brilliant all year, so he definitely deserves to get the Player of the Season award. He’s raised the bar for next season so good luck to him for being able to keep it that high."
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring their second goal