Merson and Nicholas respond to Ozil and Bergkamp comparisons

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The German was recently likened to the Gunners legend by manager Arsene Wenger.

Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas have reacted to comparisons between Mesut Ozil and Dennis Bergkamp.

The German has been in impressive form for the Gunners so far this season, as he tops the Premier League assist charts with 16 to his name already.

That form has earned him rave reviews from all corners, with his manager Arsene Wenger recently comparing him to club legend Dennis Bergkamp, as reported by Sky Sports.

Nicholas though, says that he has got some way to go before he can be considered in such esteemed company at the Emirates.

“He’s got quite a bit to go to be as good as the Iceman [Bergkamp],” he told Soccer Saturday.

“Dennis had more of a cutting edge in the box, but around the box, Ozil is becoming a leader. The position he plays is becoming more and more important.”

“He’s different from Bergkamp, he could score goals, make goals and he had composure.”

One criticism that has often been labeled at Ozil is his lack of goalscoring prowess, with him only having managing 12 goals in the Premier League since joining in 2013.

It is still something that needs improving, with him having only scored three so far this season for them in the league, a tally well below what you would expect from a number 10.

And Merson agrees with Nicholas’ comments, saying that Bergkamp affected the game a lot more, whereas this current team often carries Ozil.

“Bergkamp affected the game a lot more,” he added.

“If he didn’t score or do an assist, he still brought something to the team. I don’t think that happens with Ozil.”

“If he doesn’t make chances, I think he’s carried in the team.”

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