By David Middleton
Everton loanee Landon Donovan allayed any fears that he couldn't cope with the fast-paced world of the Premier League with an impressive debut against Arsenal.
The USA international began his 10-week stint at Goodison Park last week after agreeing to play during the MLS close-season, where he is contracted to LA Galaxy.
There had been some speculation that the 27-year-old would not make the grade after failing to make his mark during his other stints in Europe with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich,
However, Donovan shone during Everton's 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and told BBC Sport: “It was interesting, and for me a very exciting experience.
“At times it was a little hard to see [because of the snowy conditions], but I'm very proud to be a part of this team [Everton] and it was a lot of fun out there.
“There's more talented players here [in the Premier League compared to the MLS] and it's pretty intense, but the thing I realised today [Saturday] - just like playing in internationals - is that you have to be tuned in for the whole time.
“It's hard because it was my first game in seven weeks, so I was a little off in some ways and I know I'll get better when I get fitter, but I'm satisfied and just wish we could have won the game.”