Mesut Ozil says he’s flattered by recent comparisons to Dennis Bergkamp although he insists he has his style.
The former Germany international made his 200th appearance for the Gunners in 2:1 win away to Newcastle on Saturday.
It can be recalled that Ozil became the highest paid player in Arsenal history after signing a three-and-a-half year contract in January
In a chat with Club’s official website, the German insisted that he wants to be remembered for his own style. He said:
“The fans have backed me ever since I arrived five years ago and because of that, I’ve been able to play in my preferred style”
“I always want to control the game, give assists and help my team. It was like that with me from the start. In my position, you have many possibilities playing forward. You can demand the balls, make telling passes or score yourself.
“I’ve been told so many times over the years that this is how Bergkamp played. Of course, that makes me proud and it is an honour to be compared with him. Bergkamp is a living legend at Arsenal and he was an amazing football player.
“But I do not want to compare myself with anybody. I have my own style and I’ve had it since I was a kid. I am proud of these comparisons, but I am Mesut Ozil and I’m not finished yet.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has stated that Ozil has more to offer this season. They face Everton in their next Premier League game.