Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has declared that helping the Gunners attempt to claim Premier League glory is a challenge that suits him perfectly, dismissing suggestions that he may have found it difficult to cope without a winter break for the first time in his career.
Ozil has now spent five months at the Emirates following an astonishing £42.4m switch to Arsenal on transfer deadline-day last summer, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger deciding to break the bank in pursuit of a marquee signing from Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old's transition to life in North London has been seamless, contributing five goals and 10 assists in all competitions to help Arsenal maintain their fight for silverware on three fronts.
The German international has insisted that he loves life in England and has been helped to settle swiftly by international colleagues Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, striking up a quick understanding with his new team-mates as a result.
He told Arsenal's official website: “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.
“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."
Ozil ended a two week spell on the sidelines with a shoulder problem by returning to action against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday, coming off the bench to help the Gunners complete a 2-0 win over their bitter rivals in the FA Cup.