Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is adamant his only focus at this moment in time is working tirelessly to make a success of his £42.4 million move to the Emirates, which means there's no chance of a return to the Bundesliga anytime soon.
Ozil has finally shown signs of a return to something approaching his brilliant best in recent weeks, over a serious knee injury and now capable of meeting the physical demands of playing three times a week at the highest level once again.
The 26-year-old has acknowledged that he's had to work harder than at any point in his career to date to be Premier League-ready, a process that he'll have to continue to justify Arsene Wenger's faith in his ability.
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Mesut is on message
In an interview with German newspaper Express, cited by the Evening Standard, Ozil quickly squashed any rumours of moving back home and insisted he's happy with life at Arsenal despite putting up with a huge amount of criticism over the last six months.
Ozil said: “A return to Germany is not an option for me right now. I am really happy at Arsenal and I want this to continue."
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Premier League never fails to surprise newbies
“I played in the Bundesliga and at Real Madrid. But the English Premier League is the strongest league in the world. Opponents never give up.
"Even if we're 3-0 in front with Arsenal, the players never give up and fight until the very last second."
Arsenal could be about to see the best of Ozil
It's hard to discount the correlation between Arsenal's run of 13 wins in 15 matches and Ozil's return to full fitness, even if the World Cup winner's languid, almost aloof on-field demeanour invites criticism.
Ozil gave everything in Tuesday's clash with Monaco and was the man driving his side forward in search of an elusive third goal in the Cote d'Azur, even if his efforts weren't appreciated by Paul Scholes and co. working for ITV on the touchline.
Wenger's challenge is to keep building momentum heading into the business end of the campaign, with Ozil at the heart of that push for second place and FA Cup success in his preferred central role.
Madrid's former midfield maestro is certainly capable of elevating his game to another level in an Arsenal shirt, but the conditions for that to happen are all starting to align.
Arsenal fans, are you happy with Ozil's performances in 2015? Do you think he's capable of better and was he worth the club-record £42.4m outlay? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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