Arsène Wenger has been pleasantly surprised at the speed with which his summer signings have adapted to the Premier League.

Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have all delivered a string of impressive performances and made their mark on English football.

Some believe foreign players need six months to fully acclimatise to the physical nature of the top flight, but Wenger says the Arsenal trio have hit the ground running.

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 “It’s a big surprise [how robust they have been],” the manager told Arsenal Player. “Especially Santi Cazorla.

“He has played more than anybody else since the start of the season and he was the one I absolutely had to rest [against Brighton] because he had played almost all the games.

“I’m happy he got a little breather and I’m certain we’ll have to do that again at some time, but overall they are very robust and all three have adapted very well to the Premier League.”

Wenger is pleased with the condition of his squad, and believes it bodes well for the rest of the season.

“I have never been in this situation in January, with so many players available or so few injured,” he said.” So touch wood, let’s hope it continues.

“Is it down to better prevention, is it down to being managed better in the rotation of players? I don’t know, but overall the situation is good.”

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Rob Kelly 30 Jan 2013