Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has said that the Premier League is the best domestic league in the world.
The 26-year-old joined the north London club from French champions Montpellier in the summer and has scored just once in the league so far this season.
Giroud, who top-scored in the French first division with 21 goals last season along with Paris St Germain's Nene, concedes he finds the English top flight more intense.
"Yes but I have to be prepared to battle against some very tough and physical defenders who go for it," he is quoted in the London Evening Standard.
"That's the fighting spirit you find in England. The Premier League is the best in the world and it has more intensity than the French League.
"You need to be ready physically and there are a lot more better players, like in La Liga."