Harvard Nordtveit is delighted with his first months at Arsenal.
The former 17 year-old FK Haugesund defender told arsenal.com: "The first few months have been good for me in a football sense. I appreciate playing for Arsenal and I keep giving everything I can every match, every training session. I wake up focused and think about nothing else but training.
"Sometimes it was difficult at the start, when my family returned home to Norway. But life goes on. I love football and Arsenal so I am just happy to be here."
His impressive maturity has helped Nordtveit settle quickly in the capital. But he insists that the attitude of his team-mates and other members of staff have also been invaluable.
"It was a shock coming to a big, busy country like England from Norway," he said. "The first day though, all the players came to me and told me their names. They were really nice to me.
"When I came here I sat there quite afraid but all the players would come to me and talk. They would speak to me like they had known me for a long time and it felt that I was already part of the team.
"All the staff have helped me as well. They made it not so difficult to come to such a great club like Arsenal."