Per Mertesacker has revealed that his German teammate Mesut Ozil has settled into life at London and Arsenal are reaping the benefits of his rapid adjustment.
The £42.5m man from Real Madrid has already contributed three assists for Arsenal in the league and his inclusion into the side has taken the Gunners into a whole new level which is apparent from their brilliant form this season. The north London club are currently top of the league with 15 points, two points ahead of second placed Liverpool.
The German was at his best against Napoli where he scored a goal and assisted one to secure an ostensibly easy victory for the Gunners. Mertesacker, who is delighted at having Ozil play alongside him at Arsenal believes that the best is yet to come.
"Mesut can play football, that is what his aim is to be here to do, so it is just the little details. It is things like how to get on (in London), how to come to the training ground, to get to whatever he wants to go. It is just a quick call or a text, you can help him out," Mertesacker said.
"We try to make it comfortable for him to adapt as quickly as possible and it fits. Against Napoli, you felt that he could play 90 minutes on a high level, he can make the difference at any time in the game. We are delighted to have him here and to help him to get into the team. He has shown that he respects our game and that he does fit in. We can expect a lot (more) from him in the coming weeks, you could see that we needed his contribution and he is the right addition," he added.
The defender added that it was hard for him when he first came at the club in 2011 as he was the only German at Arsenal. However, over the last two seasons and with the inclusion of Ozil, the Gunners have four first team Germans including the likes of Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry.
"At first I was on my own here, with no Germans in the senior Arsenal squad, so it took me maybe one season to settle in completely. I am delighted with my current form and my performances, but in football life changes so quickly, you have to be aware of every situation," he concluded.