Cape Town - Mesut Ozil believes his fine start to the season is down to Arsenal "functioning well as a team".
The playmaker has already created 10 goals this season, breaking a series of Premier League records on his way to being voted the club's Vitality Player of the Month for October.
While Ozil's individual form has won much praise, the German feels the team's collective performances have allowed him to thrive.
"As a team you can see that we’ve become more mature," the Gunners midfielder told the club official website.
"We’ve learnt from our mistakes and you can see on the pitch that we’re more steady
"We’ve had some setbacks this season but we’ve learnt from them and it shows on the pitch that my teammates are looking for me even more and I’m able to control the game better.
"You can see that we function well as a team. It doesn’t matter who plays from the start, we’re always there. You need a big squad if you are to be successful and that’s why things are working well.
"When you look at the past seasons, we’ve always been a technically-strong team but when we played against big teams, we dropped points. In the second half of last season and in this year so far, we’ve proved ourselves against the biggest teams.
"You learn from your mistakes and we can measure ourselves with the best. That distinguishes us as a team."