Ozil convinced he can win Ballon d’Or

Mesut Ozil said he has become "harder" by playing in England and the Arsenal man is confident he can be crowned world player of the year.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is backing himself to win the Ballon d’Or "in the next few years" and said the physical nature of English football has made him stronger than ever.

The Germany international has come in for criticism since arriving at the Emirates Stadium due to his inconsistent performances.

Ozil has impressed in recent weeks, though, and the 26-year-old sees no reason why he cannot be crowned world player of the year in the not too distant future.

He told Sport Bild: "If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands, I am convinced that it can happen.

"I'm feeling very positive. I'm a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League.

"There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga - I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever."