Arsenal’s record signing, Mesut Ozil, says he is relishing life in London despite English football’s hectic Christmas schedule.
The German playmaker, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer, has just recovered from a shoulder problem that kept him out of two Christmas fixtures.
He returned as a substitute in Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham, and is ready to help his side’s title ambitions in the second half of the season.
"I have always had a winter break in previous years but in the Premier League, you play every few days - you don't get a week to relax," Ozil told Arsenal's official website.
"I am very pleased that I am in this league because you go from game to game very quickly.
"You play every two or three days and for me it is better to play more games than train because I love a challenge and here that is perfect.
Ozil helped Arsenal with four Premier League goals and eight assists so far this season and says Arsenal’s German players – Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski – helped him settling in at the Emirates.
"I feel comfortable here. 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."
Arsenal are out to win a first trophy in nine years and Ozil wants to help Arsene Wenger to bring silverware to the club.
"My aim is to develop and improve my game here - but the most important thing is that we play successful football as a team and that, at the end of the season, we win trophies," he added.
"You have personal goals - you want to remain healthy and want to play successful football, but like I said, the most important thing is to be successful with this team."
Can the Gunners stay on top of the Premier League and cope with the recent injury blow of Theo Walcott or do they need to sign new players?
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