Former Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil says his loss of form in recent weeks has been "a test of character", but he is ready to take the next step with Arsenal at the business end of the campaign,
The German international made an impressive start for Arsenal when he joined from Real Madrid last September, but the midfielder has seen a drop in performance level in recent weeks.
Ozil is quoted by the Daily Star as telling Bild: "I'm going through a test of character here.
"I have so much self-confidence as a player that I am ready now to take the next step. But first you have to get used to the intensity of the Premier League."
Meanwhile, Ozil says he can't wait for Arsenal's fixture against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Gunners almost knocked Bayern out of Europe last season, losing on away goals after a 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena failed to overturn a 3-1 loss at home in the first leg.
Ozil believes Arsenal face an even taller order to get through to the quarter-finals this time round, as he feels the cup holders are even stronger under Pep Guardiola than they were during a treble-winning campaign last term.
"I have huge respect for Bayern," added the 25-year-old. "They are even better than they were last year, but we're not going to hide.
"Anything is possible over two legs. I'm the kind of player who loves games like these."
Aside from the Gunners' quest for the Champions League and Premier League title - they are second, a point behind Chelsea - Ozil's personal goal is to win June's World Cup in Brazil.
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