Mesut Ozil says he has settled very quickly at Arsenal and loves the “challenge” of playing every two or three days in the Premier League.

This has been the first time the Germany international has had to do without a winter break, but he insists he has enjoyed the intense festive period.

The 25-year-old missed two matches between Christmas and New Year due to a shoulder problem, but says the fixture schedule at this time remains appealing to him.

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

Mesut Ozil

“Of course it’s out of the ordinary because I’ve always had a winter break in previous years,” he told Arsenal Player. “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.”

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 Rob Kelly 7 Jan 2014