Arsenal star Ozil relishing 'perfect' Premier League challenge

The Germany international is enjoying his first season without a winter break, preferring relentless match action as he adapts quickly to life in English football

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he has adapted quickly to the “perfect” challenge of the Premier League.

The Germany international became the Gunners’ record signing on transfer deadline day in the summer and already has five goals and nine assists to his name.

The move to England has seen Ozil go without a winter break for the first time, but the former Real Madrid star is relishing the continued action.

He told the club’s official website: “Of course it’s out of the ordinary because I’ve always had a winter break in previous years. In the Premier League, you play every few days – you don’t get a week to relax.

“I’m very pleased that I’m in this league because you go from game to game very quickly. You play every two or three days and, for me, it’s better to play more games than train because I love a challenge and here that is perfect.”

Arsene Wenger’s men lead the Premier League after 20 games and Ozil is enthusiastic about the team’s understanding, bolstered by the presence of fellow Germans such as Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

“I feel comfortable here,” the 25-year-old added. “You can see on the pitch when we play together that we have a very good understanding.

“The team is great and, for me, it’s been very easy to settle. The German players here have helped me to establish myself quicker than I perhaps would have done were they not here but, ultimately, I feel pleased.

“The people are very friendly and welcoming.”

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