Mesut Ozil reacts to comparisons with Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp

The Germany International is determined to secure legend status

Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £42.5 million, signing a five-year deal in 2013. He has been a mainstay in the midfield since joining the club and has won 3 FA Cups.

The Germany International has had a difficult summer after feeling persecuted for Germany’s early exit from the World Cup where his meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was cited as a reason for the poor performances.

The 9 year old even decided to retire from International football and was criticized by several senior officials in the German Football Association.

There have been reports of bust up between between him and the manager Unai Emery and that was the reason he was dropped against West Ham United. Though the Spaniard later admitted that the player missed the game due to illness and confirmed that there is no rift between them.

The playmaker has featured in 4 of the 5 Premier League fixtures so far this season and was impressive against Newcastle United, scoring a goal and helped the club to win their third consecutive game.

Ozil has been compared to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp but is determined to secure legend status in his own right at Emirates Stadium.

He told the club’s official website: “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.

“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.

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