The marquee summer signing announced by Arsene Wenger has been likened to the fanfaronade that surrounded the arrival of Bergkamp in 1995, however, one Arsenal player feels Mesut Ozil still has some way to go to match the magic of Dennis.
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, a 23-year-old full back and product of the club's academy, has lauded the technical excellence of transfer window recruit Mesut Ozil, a £42.5m acquisition from Real Madrid.
Hailing the signing as a 'world class' purchase, Gibbs forecast an imminent period of prolonged 'problems' for the opponents who are tasked with containing the playmaking style of the German international.
However, despite the high regard Ozil enjoys in world soccer, Gibbs questioned the comparisons to Arsenal's former enganche; Dennis Bergkamp, intimating that the similarities will bear greater credence once Ozil begins to produce on a Gunners pitch what the Dutchman did for an 11 year period that ended in 2006.
'He's got a clinical side to him and technically he's world-class,' began Gibbs when speaking to Arsenal Player recently. 'When a world-class player comes in and joins you've got to be excited. I'm really looking forward to working with him.'
He added: 'He's going to create a lot of problems for opposition we come up against and hopefully he can continue the form that he had with Real Madrid. He'll still have work to do to match Dennis Bergkamp and what he's done for the club but he's a world-class player and he looks very determined to come and help the team out.'
Arsene Wenger's transfer policy during the Emirates era had, to this summer, been typified by the statement 'we don't buy superstars, we make them', however, an increased spending power in the summer market, combined with the capture of Ozil, has seen sports scribes predict a shift in the types of players Arsenal buy in future windows.
'It's a statement to what the club want to do and what the club want to achieve,' said Gibbs. 'It's something that everyone's been waiting for so now we have a big signing to help push us to the next level.'
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