By Chris Harris
Santi Cazorla is ready for his first taste of festive football with Arsenal - after years of winter breaks in Spain.
The in-form playmaker is accustomed to a rest around this time of the year with La Liga one of many European leagues that are put on hold over Christmas and the New Year.
Cazorla's workload has been eased somewhat by the postponement of Arsenal's Boxing Day fixture with West Ham. All the same, three Premier League games in 12 days makes this a vital juncture for his club and Cazorla is ready for the challenge.
"I do think it [a winter break] is beneficial because you are able to disconnect mentally, psychologically," he told Arsenal Player.
"There are times when you become saturated with games, you are unclear about things, and the break that happens in Spain makes you more relaxed mentally.
"But I think that the Premier League overall is already tough with regards to the number of matches that you have to play in a row, so I do not think the month of December is very different from the rest of the months."
Cazorla and his team-mates will be able to spend some time with their families over the Christmas period and the Spaniard is looking forward to the festivities.
"I will celebrate with my family, we don’t do huge parties," he said.
"I think Spaniards are very family oriented, we like to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home with the family, having dinner, and spend the night with your family talking and enjoy being in their company.
Watch the full interview with Santi on Arsenal Player