Many players coming to the Premier League for the first time are not happy with the hectic number of games played during the Christmas period. But Arsenal’s new signing Mesut Ozil has surprisingly admitted that he is not faced at all by the number of games played in this period and even goes a step further to say that he enjoyed it.
This was the first time that Ozil has not had a winter break in his career so he easily could have rolled over and struggled like most other foreign players joining the league for the first time. Ozil however missed two matches between Christmas and New Year due to a shoulder problem.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Ozil said, “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.
“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.”