Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb says the Premiership is the best league in the world, despite his agent touting him to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"I have learned in England that there is still so much to improve," said Hleb in Frankfurter Allgemeine. "I have always dreamed of playing in a great club. Now I have learned that it is not so easy and a lot of work.

"The first year was a killer. I felt very lonely.

"It was clear that The Premier League would be a challenge - but with this pace, I have not expected this.

"The Bundesliga is still a good league, but a season in England feels like two in Germany.

"I will tell you an example: When I was here at the beginning, everything went chop chop, so fast. The pace was madness, even in training.

"I look for the ball in front of me, then where I can play it - when I looked down again the ball was gone.

"The English league is the best league in the world."