Ozil targets FA Cup success to end 'exhausting' season

Arsenal's record signing admits he has found the intensity of English football difficult to adapt to but is desperate to help end the club's trophy drought by beating Hull City
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has admitted finding his debut season in English football "exhausting" but remains desperate to end the Gunners' nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.

Ozil, Arsenal's record signing from Real Madrid, led the north London club to the top of the Premier League early in the season but his form dipped before he suffered a hamstring injury.

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The 25-year-old believes his new home is unique in terms of the intensity and dedication of its teams and expects Hull City to prove tough to beat at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

“We had many matches," Ozil told reporters. "The pace was massive. The matches were exhausting. Always forward and backwards.

"Even against the smaller clubs, even if it was 3-0. In Spain, the opponents stopped fighting when it was 2-0. It was the first time that I did not have a break in the winter. It was the first time I had a muscle injury.

"[The final] will be a tough game. Hull fight till the end. Nowhere else than in England are there so many teams who never give up."

Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005, when they last lifted the FA Cup, but Ozil says his team-mates can be pleased with their achievements this year if they end that run against the Tigers despite their failure to challenge in the league.

"I am very proud of the team," he insisted. "We qualified for the Champions League and we are in the FA Cup Final. If we win the Cup, it will have been a great season.

"We want to take this ­silverware. I am convinced we will achieve that. We can win titles with this squad. This is important for fans as well. They have waited so long."