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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil admits "biting and fighting" of Premier League has been his toughest challenge


Ozil says he was surprised at the intensity of challenges in the Premier League
Mesut Ozil admits that dealing with "scratching, biting and fighting" in the Premier League has been the toughest challenge of his career.
But Ozil, who moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, believes that he has learned how to deal with the rough and tumble of the English game.
German World Cup winner Ozil has revealed that he was shocked by the level of sledging from opponents on the pitch - and how his shins would often look like "someone has gone at them with a hammer" following matches.
The 28-year-old's future at Arsenal is currently in the balance as new contract talks continue to drag on.
His current deal expires in 12 months' time.
Ozil says he had to get used to the physical aspect of the league 
MESUT OZIL PLAYING WITH YOUNG NIECE
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil walk off without his shirt on
Ozil says that he would finish games full of bruises 
Speaking in his new book, Gunning for Greatness: My Life, which is being serialised by the Mail on Sunday , Ozil has admitted his shock at the Premier League's physicality.
"The Premier League is the toughest challenge I’ve experienced in football," Ozil said. "If you can’t take it here, without whining, then you’re history. It’s something I had to get to grips with in the first few weeks and months after my switch from Real Madrid.
"Whereas in Spain the entire game is based on elegant ball play — even teams from lower leagues try the same — in England you have scratching, biting and fighting. In England, football is one tackle after another. There’s barely any respite."
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Mesut Ozil celebrates scorin
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Ozil continued: "In England you fail to notice how hard it is during the game itself and how many attacks the body sustains. You’re so full of adrenaline that you don’t feel the pain. But then, under the shower, you discover the ‘misery’. After some matches my shins have looked as if someone has gone at them with a hammer, covered in blue marks.
"I’ve had scratches on the neck and bruises on my back, shoulders and chest from opponents’ elbows welcoming me into the Premier League when the referee wasn’t watching.
"Some opponents also gave me a right earful on the pitch soon after my move from Spain. I’d never heard anything like it before. Nowhere is there as much chit-chat as in England. There are some players who are permanently rabbiting on. And of course it’s not exactly friendly stuff."
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