Mesut Ozil hits back at Madrid supremo

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has hit back at claims made by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that he 'could not stand the pressure' at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ozil, who joined Arsenal on deadline day for a club record £42.4million transfer fee, was criticised by Perez for deciding to leave Madrid.

However the German playmaker has since responded to Perez's claims by telling the Real Madrid supremo to look at his statistics.

Speaking to Four Four Two magazine, Ozil said on his time in Spain: "First of all, I had three wonderful years in Madrid, I don't want to add anything on that. I am now at Arsenal, and very happy.

"If you see my figures (in Madrid) and how many matches I played there, then you can also see my professionalism. I don't want to say more about it."

Ozil, who has taken the Premier League by storm, believes the top flight of English football is stronger than the La Liga.

He added: "For me personally the Premier League is the strongest, it is well balanced. You have many top class clubs.

"I think it's a nice experience to play abroad. You get to learn a new culture and new language, you improve a lot as a person.

"That's why I am happy to have another new experience in England. I really think this league will suit me well."

The 24-year-old is expected to be involved in Germany's match against the Republic of Ireland in tonight's World Cup Qualifying match at Rhein Energie Stadion.

Joachim Low's side needs just three more points to guarantee a place in next summer's World Cup.

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