Mertesacker helping Ozil settle in London

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Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker says he is trying to help fellow German international Mesut Ozil settle into life in London.

Despite only arriving on transfer deadline day, Ozil has settled very quickly into Premier League life, scoring his first goal against Napoli on Tuesday. He has also contributed four assists in his five Arsenal appearances.

Mertesacker believes that having other Germans around the club has helped Ozil settle so quickly - as well as the fact Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can communicate in Ozil's first language.

Mertesacker believes the experiences of him and fellow German Lukas Podolski in London can help Ozil to concentrate on his football, rather than on integration:

"Mesut can play football, that is what his aim is to be here to do, so it is just the little details.

"It is things like how to get on (in London), how to come to the training ground, to get to whatever he wants to go. It is just a quick call or a text, you can help him out.

"I need to (help Ozil settle), because it is very important to get him into the squad quickly, so that he can adapt and play with freedom.

"That is what he is - his vision is enormous and with him we are more dangerous and can compete at the higher levels.

"We try to make it comfortable for him to adapt as quickly as possible and it fits.

"Against Napoli, you felt that he could play 90 minutes on a high level, he can make the difference at any time in the game.

"We are delighted to have him here and to help him to get into the team. He has shown that he respects our game and that he does fit in.

"We can expect a lot (more) from him in the coming weeks, you could see that we needed his contribution and he is the right addition."

Mertesacker believes his and Arsenal's good form can continue against West Brom at the weekend:

"I am delighted with my current form and my performances, but in football life changes so quickly, you have to be aware of every situation.

"We have a good and strong squad, if everybody is fit, the boss has a good selection.

"I think we now have a squad to compete at the high level and that is what we need to do in the coming weeks.

"We are on a quite decent run away, so our confidence level is high at the moment," he said.

"We will try to continue the run at West Brom and keep our position in the table."

Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns with right-back Bacary Sagna facing a fitness test, while Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo are ruled out until after the international break at least.

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