PHOTO: Ozil wishes Arsenal legend a Happy Birthday on Facebook

Mesut Ozil had a message for Dennis Bergkamp yesterday.


Arsenal broke rank last summer, the usually frugal friends of the Premier League big-spenders splashing the cash on Mesut Ozil. They spent £42.4 million to bring the talented German international to the club last September from Real Madrid and at first he looked worth every penny.

But he has struggled in recent months to hit his best form and has come under increasing criticism from many fans for his performances.

Comparisons have been drawn between his some what mercurial campaign at the club with that of Dennis Bergkamp's after his arrival from Inter Milan in 1995.

Bergkamp had a relatively quiet debut term with The Gunners, he was even labelled a 'flop' by some sections of the media.

Of course the Dutch forward went on to be perhaps Arsenal's greatest ever player - scoring 120 goals in 423 appearances during his time in North London and nowadays their is a statue of him outside The Emirates Stadium.

Ozil will hope to do similar, turning a relatively quiet first campaign into legendary status - and yesterday he was wishing the great man a Happy Birthday on Twitter. Bergkamp turned 45 yesterday and is 20 years older than the 25-year-old German international.

Who knows? In 20 years time it might be a young pretender at Arsenal standing next to the legend that is Mesut Ozil.

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