"This season, I feel totally involved in what's happening at Middlesbrough.
"I play in the team every week and I feel more like it's my club.
"When I was at Arsenal, the team was playing well and fighting at the top of the table. "But I didn't feel like I was part of it. I wasn't playing in those games, so they weren't really affecting me."
He added: "This is the most settled I've ever felt. I'm very happy to have found a club where the manager gives me an opportunity to play every week.
"He lets me show what I can do without any restrictions.
"I am free to play and that is great for me."