Jamie Carragher has dismissed comparisons between Mesut Ozil and Dennis Bergkamp as "nonsense".

Ozil has almost single-handedly hoisted Arsenal to the top of the Premier League with three goals and 16 assists this season.

However, writing in his ​Daily Mail column, Carragher believes that until the 27-year-old delivers the title, such stats are completely meaningless.

"As we head into 2016, [Ozil] is the main reason Arsenal are leading the way and to have 16 assists already is astonishing. Nobody in Premier League history has got near that total at this stage," wrote the former Liverpool and England centre-back.

"It has led some people to say that Ozil is now at the level of Dennis Bergkamp. Others have suggested he is surpassing Bergkamp because, even at his best, the Dutchman never produced that many assists over the course of one season.


"As it stands, though, it is nonsense to use statistics to try to compare Ozil and Bergkamp. The reason is this: Bergkamp is immortalised in bronze outside the Emirates Stadium because, aside from all the medals he won, he helped bring fantasy football to north London."

"His style had substance."

He added: "If Ozil continues to sparkle when it matters in the next 19 fixtures — there is a feeling in Germany that he doesn't always produce in big matches — and inspires Wenger's squad to their first Premier League title since 2004, it would make him a legend in the eyes of Arsenal fans.

"Until then, the Bergkamp comparisons must wait. Ozil must take Arsenal to the title if he wants to get there."

Germany's Mesut Ozil (R) drives the ball

That's not to say that Carragher doesn't rate the German, as he also admitted to telling Steven Gerrard he was someone Liverpool "had to go for".

"I remember watching Ozil shine for Germany's Under 21s in 2009 when they beat England 4-0 and said to Steven Gerrard at that time he was someone Liverpool had to go for,” said the Sky Sports pundit.

“He was at Werder Bremen then and he was an attainable target. He continued that big impression at the World Cup in South Africa 12 months later but, by that time, Real Madrid had made their move.”

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