Mesut Ozil says that playing every three days is tough, but that he enjoys the challenge of what are known in Germany as ‘English weeks’.
The Gunners face Southampton at St Mary’s tonight, a game that is sandwiched between a home clash with Manchester United and a trip to Stoke on Saturday evening.
It’s going to be a big challenge for a team that cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to reach the top four – and even then we need other results to go our way.
““We are playing at the moment what we call ‘English weeks’ in Germany, which I have always preferred to training because you can always express yourself and enjoy yourself on the pitch,” said the 28 year old.
“Of course, it is tough when you are playing every three days, especially because of what it is like here in England.
“It is important to get positive results, be confident and finish the season as well as we can.”
It’s some years since Arsenal last won a Premier League game at St Mary’s. In fact it was 2003 when a Robert Pires goal secured a 1-0 win.
Ozil knows Southampton are a threat, but feels the team have what it takes.
“They are a team who work as a unit and of course when they play against a big team like Arsenal, there is a real will from them to want to win the game,” he said.
“But we need to play our game. We know our quality. Southampton will be a big challenge for us but if we can produce a performance, we know we can get the win.”
Arsenal have won at St Mary’s already this season, notching up a 5-0 win in the FA Cup back in January, so we’ll be looking to make it a double later on.
Arsenal’s Premier League record at Southampton since 2003
February 2005: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
January 2013: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
January 2014: Southampton 2-2 Arsenal
January 2015: Southampton 2-0 Arsenal
December 2015: Southampton 4-0 Arsenal