Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil: Adapting to English football has been difficult

The Germany international has admitted the physical rigours of the Premier League have taken their toll.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil’s time in the English game has been blighted by injury thusfar, with the Emirates Stadium faithful not seeing the German at his consistent best as yet.

The former Real Madrid man has spent prolonged periods on the treatment table over the last two seasons, which have prevented the skilful midfielder from building momentum in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.

Ozil has spoken out about his time at the North London club and has admitted that he has found getting used to the physical side of the game in the Premier League difficult to get to grips with.

The World Cup winner also picked out the gruelling winter schedule in English football as something that foreign players struggle to adapt to.

“When you come to England and watch the games, you can feel how tough it is,” Ozil told the official Arsenal website.

“In other leagues, you have some games that are really difficult and others that aren’t. Here, the season is very long and with many games. You have to play in midweek too and without a winter break.

“As a player, that’s something you have to get used to. In my first season, not having a winter break meant that I could notice my body becoming a bit tired.

“I had the World Cup after my first season here. It was such a great time but when I came back, the fitness coach said that even though I felt fit, the freshness was missing.

“I continued to give everything to help the team and that’s how I got my injury. That was a really bitter time because I missed football but it’s an experience you have to go through as a player.

“My aim was always to come back stronger and, thanks to God, everything worked out.”

Ozil played a role in Arsenal finishing third in the Premier League this season and will look to inspire his time to an FA Cup success this weekend.

The German will need to be better for the Gunners to put forward a consistent title challenge, but has shown in fits and starts that he has what it takes to be a real star for Wenger’s side.

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