Eleven goals, three Player of the Month awards and a host of plaudits from his manager and team-mates. No wonder Santi Cazorla is satisfied with his first seven months at Emirates Stadium.

The Spanish playmaker has settled quicker than most newcomers to the English game, and his most recent contributions - the winner at Sunderland and a brace to beat Aston Villa - demonstrate his staying power after missing out on a winter break for the first time in his career.

"I think I've had a positive seven months personally as I have been able to come to a team like Arsenal and play in a great league like the Premier League," Cazorla told Arsenal Player.

It is a bit different to La Liga in Spain but I’ve adapted very well and I think Arsenal’s style of play has made it a lot easier for me

"On the pitch, we have definitely had our ups and downs; there have been good times and bad times. I think that the team has lacked a bit of consistency and sometimes we have made mistakes that have cost us dearly. Removing these from our game will help us improve in the future.

"But it hasn’t been difficult adapting to Arsenal’s style of play or even to the Premier League. It is a bit different to La Liga in Spain but I’ve adapted very well and I think Arsenal’s style of play has made it a lot easier for me.

"I was expecting to come into a league that would be a bit more physical, a bit quicker, and had a greater intensity than what I was used to. I was prepared for that, especially the physical side, so I don’t think it was hard for me to adapt."

Cazorla moved to Arsenal from Malaga last summer after helping the Spanish club make history by qualifying for the Champions League for the first time. The 28-year-old has good memories of his former club but has no regrets over his decision to leave.

"That was the leap I wanted to make," said Cazorla. "I wanted to go to a big club and an historic club like Arsenal.

I’m happy here. The Club’s influence is enormous and it’s incredible that it has so many fans around the world because that means it really is a massive club

"I’m happy here. The Club’s influence is enormous and it’s incredible that it has so many fans around the world because that means it really is a massive club. Generally, I’m happy with everything here because the Club treats its players so well."

Cazorla pipped Jack Wilshere to the February EA SPORTS Player of the Month award by a handful of votes. The English international's influence has been obvious since he returned from injury and Cazorla is a big fan.

"Jack is a vital player," he said. "He adds something extra to the team and I’m gradually getting to know his style of play better.

"His way of playing complements my own - in fact, we play in similar positions and so that makes it easier for us to establish a greater understanding every day. He adds that little bit more that we need in many of our games.

"I didn’t know much about him when I came to the Club because he hasn’t been around for very long. He surprised me because he is such a complete footballer. He’s young and has a spectacular future ahead of him and he’s also got a lot of room to mature and develop.

"Certainly, he’s highly valued in England for being a complete player and I have no doubts that he’s going to be even more important here in the future."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Chris Harris 8 Mar 2013