Ozil unfazed by Arsenalís busy schedule
Arsenal are headed into another festive schedule of football, but that doesn’t worry midfielder Mesut Ozil. The in-form German attacking midfielder claims he would rather be on the pitch with the rest of his teammates rather than taking a week off for rest.
Ozil, who has been the top assist provider in Europe in 2013, is accustomed to the winter break in Germany and Spain, back from the time when he used to play for Schalke, Werder Bremen and Real Madrid.
This was the first time Ozil has seen how busy English football can become. Nonetheless, the Germany international claims not to be fazed by the busy fixture schedule or the physicality of English football.
“Of course it is out of the ordinary because I have 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," Ozil told the official site of Arsenal. “I am very pleased that I am in this league because you go from game to game very quickly.
“You play every two or three days and for me it is 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.”
Ozil further said that he was striving to become a better player at Arsenal and was hoping to lead the club towards silverware and glory. Ozil added that he had set personal goals as well, but they were superseded by the team’s objectives.
“I know what I can do and a footballer always strives for more success,” Ozil said. “My aim is to develop and improve my game here - but the most important thing is that we play successful football as a team and that, at the end of the season, we win trophies.
“You have personal goals - you want to remain healthy and want to play successful football, but like I said, the most important thing is to be successful with this team.”