Wenger confirms Ozil comparisons to Arsenal legend

Gunners boss refuses to calm German's similarities to Dutch maestro Dennis Bergkamp.

Upon Mesut Ozil's unveiling as the latest footballer to don an Arsenal shirt, comparisons were made to a former North London great; Dennis Bergkamp. Now, club manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the similarities, rather than downplayed them.

'Yes, he is a similar type,' Wenger is quoted by Telegraph to have said.

Goal-provider Ozil, 24, is already showing signs of justifying his £42.5m transfer fee, a club record purchase. In his Emirates Stadium debut yesterday, Sunday, Ozil had a hand in all three of Arsenal's goals, assisting twice playing 80 minutes and passing 60 times with an 87% rate of accuracy.

Wenger points to Ozil's ability as a creator of chances, rather than a finisher of them, as the sole differential between himself and Bergkamp, who only became more of a trequartista towards the twilight of his career.

'Dennis was maybe more prolific. Dennis was first a striker but he created as well. But Dennis’s evolution through his career was an adaptation to his physical qualities. When he couldn’t score any more he became a great provider.

'I think Ozil, at the start, has more a midfielder’s mentality and Dennis, at the start, had more a striker’s mentality. But he [Ozil] can score, yes.'

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