Wenger confirms Ozil comparisons to Arsenal legend

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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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