Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is aware that he is compared to Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp but has insisted that he is looking to make his own mark and establish himself as a legend for the club by the time his stint in north London is done.
Ozil's playmaking abilities and style on the ball has evoked comparisons of the legendary Dutchman who was arguably of the finest players to have graced England and while the comparisons are flattering, the German is yet to produce impressive displays on a consistent basis.
“The fans have backed me ever since I arrived five years ago and because of that, I’ve been able to play in my preferred style. I always want to control the game, give assists and help my team. It was like that with me from the start. In my position you have many possibilities playing forward. You can demand the balls, make telling passes or score yourself," Ozil said to Arsenal's official website.
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“I’ve been told so many times over the years that this is how Bergkamp played. Of course that makes me proud and it is an honour to be compared with him. Bergkamp is a living legend at Arsenal and he was an amazing football player. But I do not want to compare myself with anybody. I have my own style and I’ve had it since I was a kid. I am proud of these comparisons, but I am Mesut Ozil and I’m not finished yet.”
Bergkamp scored 120 goals while winning three Premier League titles during his time in England while Ozil despite creating numerable assists, is yet to lead Gunners to the title.