Germany international Mesut Ozil admits that he has become a bigger player during his time with Arsenal. The 29-year-old joined the Gunners from Real Madrid during the summer of 2013, and he has since established himself as the go-to man in the starting lineup.

In an exclusive with Sky Sports, Ozil revealed his pleasure at playing for the north London side, whilst highlighting the growth he has made during his five-year stay, he said: “Because of the history and the amazing players. I’m here to learn, to grow up and to show my talent for this club. This club has made me bigger. I’m so proud to play for a big club like Arsenal.”

Ozil initially had struggles coping with the physical nature of the English game, and this created a difference within a section of the Gunners’ faithful. Over the years, he has also been criticised for his inability to trackback in defensive situations, but this facet of his game has also improved this campaign, where he has shown the willingness to help out his defenders.

Despite his positive comments, the German was tightlipped about his future which has been a topic of speculation over the past few weeks. The World Cup winner has previously highlighted that he appreciates his time with the north London club, and there appears a roadblock in contractual negotiations which could see him leave on a free transfer next summer.

Ozil’s form has been building up since the last international break, and the Gunners will hope that he maintains a same consistency for the rest of the season as they face a stiff challenge to finish in the top-four positions. Arsenal have remained unbeaten since the unlucky 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, but they have managed just two victories and five draws in this period.